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  1. (Sorry I hit post by accident) Of course, plants. There might also be aborial geckos... Could a roach potentially live in this, and look appealing and come out during the day? Nothing would eat adult roaches, and the biggest threat would be the water. Thanks in advance.
  2. Hi everyone, I am thinking about setting up a riparium (half water, half land). However, I am going to make a false wall, and a shelf with soil, and ontop of that will be soil and
  3. I was thinking of that, and their ease of production. Maybe lobsters would be better though... Although I was considering laboratory strains of American roaches as decent meals because they reproduce so quickly, but they would be unmarketable and because of their prickly legs.
  4. Hi all, One interesting hung about me is I believe that us Americans should include insects as part of our diets. As you all probably know, insects: Are higher sources of protein than other food sources Are better for the environment Take up less space Are easy to propagate So what species could potentially be used? Out of the roaches, I think blatta lateralis would be best, followed by black soldier fly larvae ( which I believe would be best, and are amazing decomposes) and mealworms (chiten is fiber, people!). What do you all think?
  5. Interesting. What sort of things can thy do? Make stick insects and giant land snails legal!
  6. I got these kinds of responses: I have some Pycnoscelus surinamensis in my crested gecko tanks. They produce really fast and are a pain the the ass. They do not leave the substrate so the geckos cant eat them. They will flock to water features and drown I kill tons of babies with a small cup of water. The roaches don't bother the geckos or the gecko eggs unless they are bad or the gecko has left the egg. This is by far the most intelligent forum I have ever been a part of. On that note, I quote Ian Malcolm, "Life will find a way." By that statement I mean that it is very difficult to keep species from interacting when kept in the same environment and expected not to interact. And they will eventually find there way and the end result could either be harmless, or catastrophic. Adam I am just remembering my buddies tank,It was desolate. I can not imagine gecko eggs making it to hatch. All I can imagine is a swarm of roaches eating themselves into a desolate wasteland, while in the water the crays eat and devour any roach that ventures into the water. Though I have seen my marbles cannibalize each other so at least there will be some osrt of population control that is the dramatic side of me though. I would be concerned about the roaches eating anything sitting still as they begin to over populate the tank. I am not a roach guy but I had a freind of mine in Chicago who was a entomoligist and he LOVED roaches had a huge tank of them. The tank was a barren tank with wood. nothing else lived in there even the raw wood had to be replenished. He once put another species of roach in there and the larger species took over. Roaches eat and breed. Marbled crayfish - I actually own this species of cray. Fantastic animal cooler than life story (appeared out of no-where and is truly self cloning) I picked up a 2" specimin just to throw in a sump and eat detritus and see what happend. Turned into a 4" preditor. She eats anything that enters her reach. She also berries 1-2 times a year for me and at this size I get an estimated 1000+ eggs. I grow mine out in a garbage can and feed them to my oscars. I have seen them berry as small as 1.5" they are smaller eggs and the babies are very fragile but do hatch and grow This is the reason why this species of cray is illegal to own in places and ANYONE who does have one should take ALL means necessary to be certain that the crays NEVER get inot local waterways. I do all of my water changes on the garbage can into nets to verify and make sure that nothing gets in the drains or in my wifes bushes (fish water is awesome for plants) I am not going to weigh in with my thoughts but PLEASE know these are FACTS not made up esitmations. You are talking about some of the fastest breeding animals I have ever seen My response to this one: I realize this. All five species breed extremely fast. Mourning geckos included. 2 eggs every 2 weeks per gecko adds up- and by the time the babies grow up it is a swarm. That's why they were kindof popular as feeders a few years back. And don't get me started on mts I think they may be the fastest breeder of the bunch Actually if you provide a source of protein, they will eat it if they are hungry... the gecko is a large source of protien... And it's pretty clear you didn't understand my point about after the lights go out.. I've thought of solutions for all of the above, if anyone is interested.
  7. Yeah it will certainly be hard, especially because the mourning geckos will eat mostly fruit with the occational roach. Do you think that they will eat all of the plants? I'm thinking about a stream dividing the two species of roaches. Would they be able to cross via branches or the false bottom/background? Also do both species of roach reproduce at the same rate? They would drown/stay long enough to be eaten in the water feature, right?
  8. Hi everyone! So I came up with a new concept viv, dart frog style. It will be a Paludarium, with the water section connected to the false bottom (egg crate method). I am planning to, of course, seed it with some sick exotic plants... I hope this might not be a problem. On land: Mourning geckos Pycnoscelus surinamensis (feeder/cleanup/cool inhabitant) P nigra (same as above) In water: Marbled crayfish Mts (food source, will help irrigate, cleanup) I was thinking about adding a few more all female species.. But I dunno. Any suggestions? Can this work?
  9. Can these two species cross? I wa A thinking of including some inverts in a display tank with my mourning geckos and they seem to be perfect. Can I include them both without risk of hybrids? Otherwise i might replace E. chopardi with of some Gromphadorhina. Any thoughts? Also, do you think that I would have a problem with the roaches munching on the gecko's eggs/baby geckos? Would the roaches would be fine on a diet of fruit meal, live plants (unfortunately but I realize that they will get eaten), possibly the occasional cricket, and gecko poop?
  10. Pycnoscelus surinamensis is the only species with the common name "Surinam Roach". Care for all pycnoscelus seems to be the same.. A quick google search should reveal much about them. They are too small for dragons, though. And they burrow like crazy.
  11. Hi all. So, my search for dubia has helped me find this guy. He has an entire colony of thousands for sale. What is a fair price?
  12. Great looking panthers! The one in the second picture looks very well fed
  13. Maybe you could isolate them and develop an new color of B. giganteus (if this is occurring for genetic, not environmental reasons then this could be possible).
  14. Welcome! I'm new as well.
  15. It would be cool if someone made bloodlines with only these unique features...
  16. I love asclepias plants! I grow it for the monarchs here, and I rear close to a thousand monarchs a year. I hate the common milkweed because it kills a percent of young caterpillars that eat it, so I grow mainly asclepias physocarpa and A. curassavica . A. physocarpa are practically trees (they grow to about seven feet tall here), so if I have a large quantity of monarchs they can be fed. Monarchs, however, lay all of their eggs on the curassavica, and they get eaten to the ground. I move caterpillars from this to physocarpa. Do you guys rear caterpillars?
  17. Hi all, I am quite worried about the invasion potential of several species that I was considering keeping as a feeder, most namely Blatta (Shelfordella) lateralis, which would be the best feeder if I can contain it. As my reptile room is close to ninety degrees at all times in most places, I am extremely concerned about escaped roaches colonizing my house. Are there any other species that I should definitely avoid keeping? Do you all think that lats could easily be contained, and/or captured if escaped? Are there any feeders besides dubias that you all recommend that I switch to (please take price into account. I cannot afford gold plated cockroaches)?
  18. Hi everyone, I have two adult leopard geckos and a few inverts that I need to feed. I have been using mostly crickets for years, and I burn about seventy-five adult crickets a week on average. I am unsure of what type of feeder roach I should get, and in what quantity. I was considering getting Blatta (Shelfordella) lateralis, but am unsure if dubia are better for the reason that they are so readily available. I can get 250 small dubia roaches for $20 shipped, or 100 mixed dubia for about $30 shipped. Or should I get other species? I am aware of the vastness of the roach world, and would like to pick a decent feeder for a cheap price. Thanks in advance.
  19. Thanks for the warm welcome!

  20. Hi everyone, My name is Nicolas and I am from California. I have always been interested in arthropods, but have not considered roaches until lately, when I learned that my leopard geckos love dubia roaches. I started researching, and realized that they are interesting as pets by themselves. Though I don't currently own any, I hope to get some soon. I also would like to learn about these interesting animals. Nicolas
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