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  1. Unfortunately the original 11 I had all died when I let my friend babysit them for few weeks while I was out of town. However, I was able to collect 8 more specimens this year that are presumably 7 males and 1 female so hopefully I'll have better luck this time.


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  2. 5 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

    Lovely, nice to see this species making a bit of a comeback in the US hobby, considering they're all but extinct in EU culture! 

    Hopefully more people have success so they become as common as Gyna lurida!

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  3. 13 hours ago, Allpet Roaches said:

    Where are they from? Do you keep the babies and adults together? What do you feed them?

    I collected them at Big Pine Key, FL under limestones. Apparently they are found throughout the Keys. 

    I raised mine on fish flakes, squash, apple, and dog food. 

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  4. On 8/14/2020 at 2:17 PM, Arthroverts said:

    Are these still breeding for you @Cariblatta lutea? They aren't as impressive in stature as Vonones sp. but they are still quite interesting in appearance...



    Yep. Got more babies recently and the first batch of babies are almost mature now. 

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  5. 17 hours ago, Acro said:

    Does the rotten wood need to be moist or dry?  Or does it matter?

    I keep it moist. Never kept it dry before. Also, not all wood seems to work (probably has something to do with the level of decay) but the sawdust from wood pellet has worked for me. 

  6. I keep mine on sawdust from wood pellets (tractor supply's wood pellet seems to work the best). You just mix it with potting soil (20 potting soil to 80 sawdust) and let it age for about a week. I keep mine on moist side. 

    Interestingly they only seem to breed in spring time. I've had them for 3 years now and I've only see newborns pop up when the spring warmth hits. 

  7. 7 hours ago, Allpet Roaches said:

    I have not witnessed cannibalism of living specimens and I have had hundreds of mid-size to adult specimens in one tiny shoebox. It is a rather touchy species on the humidity and ventilation and it took me some years to get a hang of it. Both solid and screen lid attempts proved extremely harmful over a long period but seemed to work okay the first half a year. I think it is as much the cage design as the level of care and you have to water a small amount every day or two depending on how fast the substrate dries (during certain times of year the humidity can be high and watering is not needed for weeks).

    Hmmm....sounds like they are a lot more pain in the butt to keep than I anticipated. Quite glad I got rid of them now cause I'm using that space for Porcellio expansus, which are doing much better. 

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  8. 4 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

    Was the colony male heavy, and were most of the deaths of sexually mature females? I've had lots of trouble with Spanish Porcellio males killing females, probably due to continuous mating attempts leading to stress... Removing the males or only having one male in at a time in my starter colonies usually fixed the issue. 

    Mine had a good mix of male and female. Ones that died were mostly small and medium sized juveniles. I actually speculated that to be a problem and removed all the big males and left only one small male one time and that still didn't stop the deaths so I stopped removing males at that point. 

  9. I love these guys but I can't seem to keep them happy for some reason. They'd breed and grow, but I see high cannibalism rate and I occasionally find specimens that seem to have died from stress. I ended up selling away my entire colony because of this :(

  10. 22 hours ago, Allpet Roaches said:

    They were pleco wafers, it didn't wipe out the whole colony but killed off 95% of  "St. Lucia", "peach", and corcyraeum. The colonies did eventually recover. The pellets that caused molting deformities on flamelegs were half green/half brown cichlid algae food.  They didn't cause the same problem with Narceus or giant blues but produced the same deformities and post-molt deaths on young AGBs.

    Thank you for the info. Looks like I need to avoid those at all cost! 

  11. On 2/5/2020 at 3:31 PM, Allpet Roaches said:

    I know you can feed roaches certain things that kill them. Try feeding slightly spoiled coconut to hissers.  I remember feeding algae wafer fish food to some isopods that killed huge numbers. Certain fish pellets seem to make millipedes grow better and then they die while molting. These cases are rare and I usually would blame it on the food last, but I'll guess it was the fish flakes.

    Can you tell me what isopod species died from algae wafers? I toss some of my algae wafers to Porcellio expansus and magnificus along with few other species but now I'm worried. 

  12. 2 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

    @Bmaines96 is unsure about the state of his colony ATM, (though hopefully they're doing well), does @Cariblatta lutea still have his, or did he send them to Kyle? If it's the latter then you and Brandon are probably the last people keeping them in the US... 

    I still have mine. I saw at least 2 dozen nymphs ranging from 2nd instar to 4th so they are doing well :)

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