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  1. Welcome back! The hobby will keep exploding
  2. Those are mostly Japanese products specialized on beetles, sometimes additional proteins are added for female beetle adults. Sure roaches will eat it anyway.
  3. Super easy. Enough hiding places like bark or egg carton, and drop in enough prey items if you keep them communally. Not picky about humidity, actually they can live without even drinking water. Eggs need moisture to hatch though, if you put down a dish of moisten substrate females will deposit eggs in it. KEEP THEM AWAY FROM YOUR FINGER, EYES OR KIDS LOL
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    It was from a newly field collected German colony. I think the mites were introduced at the same time.
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    I have experienced a good variety of mites lol. Grain mites are the most common one to get in your colony; their number can be controlled by drier environment, less extra food and spring tails. In a few cases I've got white mites attached on roaches; they are not fatal but annoying. Don't know if they're different species since I cannot tell the difference. Hisser mites are usually considered as harmless; I don't like them though. Occasionally I got few shinning black ball-shaped mites with hard shells, looks like miniature beetles. I actually like them. But red mites... they are the evilest. They actually feed on cockroaches and kill them. I've got a German colony killed by red mites; they could be Pimeliaphilus eunliffei or similar mites which known for infesting cockroach and other insects. I have no idea about Acari identification though.
  6. As it documented in the original paper, they feed on guano of Egyptian fruit bats. I doubt if you can find any fruit eating bats in Houston though...
  7. Glad you are fine with your bugs cause I've already got some reactions now lol. I think it is always a good idea to have limited contact and keep them away from bedroom, since allergic reaction can build up with time.
  8. There's a "recently imported" strain of flat horns in Europe, other wise I guess the ones in US probably have similar genetic background. I've heard rumor said that the current captive populations have smaller size due to loss of diversity. "Giant" individuals do pop out now and then (I've got one as large as common hisser), but on the other hand it is possible that most wide horn hissers in captivity have become dwarfs.
  9. They are German roaches, they survive anyway haha Our lab colonies are kept on rodent block which hard as rock; it can't stop them breeding
  10. They breed like weed in high temperature, I keep mine in 80F; 70F may be too low for fast breeding. I won't be surprise if they can cause allergy problem in some individuals; actually I've developed light allergy against roaches already but I don't know which species is the main reason since I have ~40 species lol. But I would suggest always be careful when dealing with large cockroach colony which has a lot of smell, fecal and debris.
  11. I have adult male and females; the abdominal characters are just as distinct as any other roaches. Maybe I'm just over reacting and should give the nymphs more time to grow?
  12. There're a good number of Byrsotria rothi nymphs showing up in my colony, so I was trying to sex them today. After checking around 20 roaches I've became quite confused; usually it only takes me a glance to sex a nice sized roach nymph, but Byrsotria nymphs... they all look similar! The terminal sternum trait looks so vague on these guys. Anyone else breeding Byrsotria have the same experience or only me have the problem?
  13. Yeah I should make a species list some time, I have around 30 roach species and a bunch of other inverts (including mantis and arachnids). I'm going to the April white plains expo again, so if you are interested to expand your collection feel free to PM me I really enjoy sharing my collection with people who love bugs, have experience and know what he is doing.
  14. I don't think there'll any "sterile setup"... But those guys are super easy, mine are reproducing like weed in egg cartoon and wood shavings. They do love humidity but can do well in dry subs as long as there's a water source
  15. I'm the one selling A. insignis, P. nivea and a bunch of other stuff there with my mantis buddy haha... Let me know if you have any questions in rearing them or if you've got a bias in sex ratio. Next time I may bring some Therea species too (my nymphs are mostly tiny now so I did not bring them, in case nobody would want them lol)
  16. Wait, so you've get all of these from expo? Hmmm the species list looks familiar... Is there any chance you got them from White plains expo?
  17. Welcome! If you've managed to breed D. lobata then I'm sure you'll be the master of cockroach in no time What barrier are you using? I have a barrier of Vaseline and mineral oil mixture, and it always works good. (Occasionally escapes may take place in species like German or brown banded, but I guess you are not going to keep those lol) Eublaberus are pretty smelly so get prepared And Therea is a must-have in the hobby!
  18. It's such a pain to hatch the ooth lol
  19. So you've started a hard species with 3 individuals?
  20. Sorry this is off topic but why you don't want to use dog food?
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