Hello there. My name is Nick and I'm from Greece (obviously ).
I'm not exactly new to roach keeping, as I breed two colonies (one Blatta lateralis and one Blaptica dubia) as feeders for my geckos.
Soon however I'll be acquiring two hissing roach species (Aeluropoda insignis and Elliptorhina javanica).
I don't intend in keeping them together, to avoid domination of one species against the other (can they create hybrids?). Of course I won't breed them as feeders for my geckos...
So I have a few questions. First things first, do their care differ from Madagascar hissing roaches?
Secondly, I want to house them in horizontal plastic tubs with ventilation from the lid.
Are the nymphs small enough to escape from the rift between the tub and the lid? As far as I know, for those two species, both nymphs and adults can climb smooth surfaces pretty well (am I wrong?).
Also, I will use soil and leaf litter as substrate, with a few wood logs. They are going to be field-collected, so is washing with hot water and the one-day storage in the chiller enough to clean the dirt and kill any parasites or micro-organisms?
Last but not least, I wanted to keep few millipedes with the same requirements mixed with them (preferably Archispirostreptus gigas). Is it safe or not? Could they carry any diseases or parasites to the other species, eat the nymphs or use toxic liquid?
Thanks in advance!