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  1. They geared their product to reptile keepers. This protein logic came about to stop lizards from dying from gout which is a much bigger business. Gout seems to be much more related to enclosure humidity (dehydration) than anything else though in reptiles. I keep both and was just wondering if anyone not being paid by this information came up with the same conclusion.
  2. Is there any research on the protein thing that isn't directly from company marketing?
  3. I'd try Insulating the bin or using less heat. I had the same problem and just lowered the tank heat a bit. Think of a cold glass on a summer day.
  4. By teflon tape are you talking about this? http://www.amazon.com/CS-Hyde-Optically-Silicone-Adhesive/dp/B000REI90W/ref=sr_1_33?ie=UTF8&qid=1427040428&sr=8-33&keywords=teflon+tape
  5. Do they make hard, slick teflon tape? I've only used the stretchy stuff for plumbing which doesn't seem like it would work well. I use packing tape for my rubbermade bins that dubias can climb. It would work. I can probably just glue it on to make it permanent. Does packing tape stop all the non climbing species? I'd like to get a Eublaberus next. Red Runners are terrible climbers so that's nice.
  6. Would a type of varnish work? Is there a strip of something I could buy and glue down around the top? It doesn't need to contain the good climbing varieties but the more slippery the better. I'll probably start a climbing colony if it will though.
  7. I was hoping for something perminant. How long would it last in a 95 degree environment? I don't use any for my roaches now.
  8. I'm finishing a 4.5 foot tall lizard cage. It's going to have lots of natural dirt, logs, leaves etc. I'm going to have roaches and bugs living inside and don't want them to be able to climb up into the lighting or out lighting holes in the top. Is there any paint or something I could apply at the top that's slippery enough to keep them from climbing it? I can make it sealed with screen vents if needed, but would rather not.
  9. For me very thin substrate made of mostly frass. I wet it every other day to keep the whole thing moist. Not sure if it's 100%, but they're doing very well the last 3 months or so.
  10. He's still young and afraid of his shadow. Unless you're holding food anyways. Then he turns into a B movie super villain.
  11. I posted on this a few months ago. At first I separated Ooths. Later I bought a bunch of apples and tangerines on sale randomly. Same food (layer pellets) but more fruits and water available. I haven't had a problem since.
  12. Dubai is the largest I keep, but when researching this same topic Orange Heads were my choice. The other large species don't seem to reproduce as quickly.
  13. I feed an Ackie Monitor. I'd imagine an Argus could eat a normal sized colony in one sitting lol. I can't recommend Lateralis enough for small feeders. Compared to my dubias, one bin will feed about twice the weight. Easier to maintain also.
  14. Mine seem to vary like this in general. None i've seen are as light as your first though.
  15. How big is the compost pile going to be? If you have a large compost pile it will create its own heat. Ambient 70, with 80-100 within a foot of the surface. They should breed like wildfire in an environment like that.
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