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  1. Hmmm, well that could cause some issues then. I was looking in their enclosure yesterday and there are a few large larvae but not a lot of small ones, so that may have been what happened. The species are split now just to be safe. Presumably it'd still be an issue within a species? I'll try to get some pics for you @Hisserdude Interestingly, I've noticed that of all the food I've given them, peppers have been the favorite. Most of my roaches nibble at peppers but don't really eat them (G. caffrorum excepted because they eat everything), so it's nice to have something I can throw bits
  2. I'm trying my hand with two species Eleodes I found, but like an idiot I tossed them all in together for a couple days while trying to set up a second enclosure and now I have loads of larvae in the first. Not the end of the world, the two species are different enough that they'll be easy to separate once they hit adulthood, but still a definite oops on my part. They're just on cocofiber with some pieces of corkbark in for cover and climbing and it looks like they're doing really well.
  3. Sorry for the delayed response, its been a while since I was on here! It's really only necessary for the larger/meatier roaches (hissers, probably a good idea with Blaberus if you can't get them to dry fast). You can cut a line ventrally on the abdomen and gently pull out all the innards, then stuff it with cotton, put a dab of glue on the cut area, and seal it again. Let the whole thing dry and you should be good to go! You could probably also do it laterally, though I don't know what kind of damage that would cause since you'd be tearing through the spiracles/support structures there. R
  4. Glad to see the thread revived, thanks Test Account!
  5. Sorry to hear that man Sounds like they really are a picky species. Even though it sucks it still provides some good info everyone can use in the future with this species.
  6. Those are indeed mites. Let the enclosure dry out a bit and that should knock the numbers back some. That or you can give each enclosure a good cleaning and basically start over. They're always going to be there, it's just trying to manage the numbers so they don't get out of control. You can also try ordering predatory mites and releasing those. Sometimes they just show up though, so it's your call whether you want to buy some or not. Pretty much anything to knock the mites back will be good. It'll give your springtails time to gain ground and hopefully keep them in check. Do you feed yo
  7. They aren't super picky. Adults (especially males) are active at all times, though females tend to come out more after dark. They'll rest wherever they feel comfortable and treat everything as a climbing surface. Eventually you'll want that 5.5 gal when they start really producing lol. I don't know how many hundreds I have in mine anymore and this is after selling half my colony before moving a few months ago.
  8. Whoa, very neat! Good luck with them!
  9. The adults are insane, I got to see them in person at the Tinley Park NARBC show while I helped Kyle vend. I ended up getting three ooths and almost an adult pair, but Kyle wanted to keep them to continue bolstering his colony since they didn't sell. I have a ton of little nymphs running around now that I probably need to upgrade this weekend.
  10. They're all rather slow until you get some heat on them. Then I'd probably just keep G. portentosa. Blaberus fusca and B. discoidalis can be good large feeder options, as can a couple of the other Blaberus.
  11. Congrats on all the adults! Hope they give you lots and lots of nymphs!
  12. Congrats, awesome to see that species has made it stateside!
  13. Word of warning, resin is a pain to work with until you get a good amount of experience. It's fun to mess with and if you get it right, you'll have a really nice display piece. Problems you may run into though, are: Heat may cause discoloration (probably less of an issue with darker species). The resin shown in the link produces a fair amount of heat. Bubbles. Oh my god, the freaking bubbles. The only reason the best pieces I have look great is because my lab went through a full experimental regimen with resin (for embedding amber with insects in it) and found that after mixing (befo
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