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  1. Nice! Wish I can have such a big colony
  2. I have too many hissers to give away... if only I have time to pack and ship them lol
  3. I took them from wild and then put in freezer for a few days. Works good for me so far.
  4. I don't really think fresh fruit and veggie is a good maple diet for roaches... Those are mostly water. Just feed them dog food and water would be fine. Mine eat eggcases now and then but I don't care; they're reproducing too fast anyway.
  5. Will be happy to submit my photos as well
  6. These are pretty and make great feeders too; but mine are reproducing very slowly, don't know what happened... Germans are growing like wild fire under the same condition.
  7. Seriously, you will think about giving away some of the hissers too in the future... They reproduce like feeders I will also recommend small species for the 2.5 gal set up, such as green banana, little kenya, firefly mimickers and so on, considering the small size and humid environment of the tank.
  8. Just share my set up with you. I have my turks with egg crates, a water feeder and dog food; that's all they can get. No substrate, no veggie and fresh food, no spray, no heating (the room is warm around 90 though)... Nothing can stop them from the craziness of reproducing! I started my colony with 2 dozen adults, and there're at least five hundred nymphs crawling around after 2 months.
  9. The nymphs are burrowers so a thick layer of substrate would be nice. Substrate can also hold moisture so adults have a better chance to molt properly. You can try to keep them without substrate though, it's an easy species and they'll probably be fine. I don't have any substrate for my B. craniifer colony and they're doing well any way.
  10. Yes you can kill the mites by completely drying the substrate, and the green banana roaches will probably die too. Maybe a better way is to introduce springtail colony to outcompete the mites. Also feed them leaf litters instead of dog food/cat food/etc; green bananas and springtails can do very well just feeding on leaves, while mites LOVES dog food. I had a explosion of mites once in my peppered roach colony, and I eliminated 90% of the population by simply removed the dog food inside.
  11. Blattodea species file: http://blattodea.speciesfile.org/HomePage/Blattodea/HomePage.aspx This maybe the best blattodea taxonomy resources you can find online. But the keys and images are not well developed yet. Bugguide, Blattodea http://bugguide.net/node/view/342386 Many images but very limited North American taxons. Those insects are highly overlooked by human. Even with a correct genus or species name it's unlikely that you can find any pictures or information via google.
  12. Welcome! All roaches have their own charm, but you cannot go wrong with Polyphagidae Peppered roach is another perfect beginner sp. If you have got used to mantid and feeder roaches, you'll be surprised what slow growers most roaches are.
  13. No, it is the suborder that bed bugs belong to
  14. It's a true bug. The images are not very clear but I'd guess Miridae immature.
  15. Hissers and lobsters can breed well even without any substrate, but domino and glowspot are living substrates. It is just the way they are, not some animals you can see and pet at any time you want. Domino and glowspot do need a good amount of substrate and leaf litter; I use eco earth for all of my roaches. I don't have Australian and harlequin but I've heard they love heat and humidity. Doing research for the animals before you buy is always helpful. And don't expect much fun from a single roach; many of them don't live very long after they've reached adulthood. I'd suggest first learn to handle and breed your hissers, then get more roach colonies if you've gained interest.
  16. I'm trying to not keep them overcrowded; just moved my hissers to a huge tub with tons of egg cartons.
  17. Hissers are sooooo easy to breed. I seldom feed fruit to my hissers, no substrate, and never spray; they breed like weed. Constant water source and high temperature are the tricks. Since you didn't provide critical info like the roach species, temperature, water source and food type, it would be hard to say what happened.
  18. American roach is a tough species, but no matter how tough it is you need to provide a basic set up instead of a plastic bottle. A container in proper size, barrier, hiding, water source and food; those would be easy to set up.
  19. Not really true. I have a bunch of different hissers kept in the same room (regular, wide horn, flat horn, tiger, Halloween), only wide horn and tiger hissers get mites because some of them were introduced from a breeder who had mites in his colonies. Hisser mites won't do harm to anything unless they get overwhelming or you're allergic. Grain mites in substrate is safe for roaches but bad for tarantulas, mite issues differ from case to case.
  20. I don't have babies yet, I'm also expecting some! My enclosure is just like any other standard roach set up, with moisture coco substrate, leaf litter and rotten wood. I use vaseline and mineral oil mixture as barrier, it don't really stop them but they prefer to stay on the ground after settled down.
  21. Got these from Orin a few months ago, really beautiful species; nymph adult They were described as a burrowing species which live deep under bat guano, but they seldom burrow into coco fiber substrate (maybe they don't like the substrate lol) which make them a good display species (at least in my case) It is strange that they maybe extinct in the wild since it's really a badass, When I first received them I opened the deli cup without a second thought, expecting to see a burrowing species as mellow and slow as some others, and ended up with half a dozen frenzy and teleporting roaches in my room! It makes German and American roaches look retard (I have big colonies of both). They are skittish, lighting fast when provoked and great climbers, vaseline barrier won't stop them when they've gone crazy. Later I found that they're chewing the ventilation holes and almost made it large enough to escape; I moved them to a more secure container then. This is a species with distinct character and beautiful appearance, now it's one of my favorite species
  22. I suppose there're always cooler retreats and good ventilation in natural condition, but they don't have any choice in a small tank. For example, although it rains everyday in their natural habitat, pink toes can be killed by too much moisture in their cages.
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