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  1. Hi! My first thought would be what is the environment like? In my experience arthropods don't behave like that unless they are nearly dead. How is the humidity? What is their diet? Another factor would definitely be contaminates. Is there anything around (chemicals, etc) that may be drifting into your enclosure?
  2. Thanks Zephyr, that's good info. EDIT- 4/11- Well, they seem to like generic veggie / lamb hard dog food from Costco. I'll stick with that and fruits / veggies for now! Thanks again.
  3. Nobody? I guess I'll head to Mantid forum.
  4. You had a mix made where? I could definitely make my own roach food... I guess maybe I'll just do that next time I make fly cultures, since several of the ingredients are going to be out anyway. My main concern would be making sure they get all their vitamins and such. I was trying to make less work for myself though! Hmmm... I think a recipe like this might work- Broccoli Kale Apple Flax Seed Carrot Nutritional Yeast Orange Tomato Potato (for consistency) Blend, press into small patties and freeze/refrig until needed. :-P Any suggestions? I think that covers a pretty good range o
  5. I've been successfully culturing Gromphadorhina portentosa for quite some time now on a diet of mixed fruits and veggies, and fluker's hi-cal cricket diet gut-load powder on the side. Now every store in town has stopped selling the powder, so I bought some fluker's orange cube diet. The equality of the nutritional content between these two feeds seems dubious, so I'd like some advice on what ya'll think. Are the orange cubes as nutritious? They say that they are a full range, vitamin packed diet. The hi-cal powder says it's specifically for gut-loading. They both are rather vague on what exact
  6. Well, the main substrate is already cocofiber, I am using moss for increased humidity and also watering the insects. I've been raising two kinds of isopods in every tank they'll survive in for a year or so now... I guess I'm doing what I can! I'll try the alcohol thing soon as well. Thanks!
  7. It seems like every time I get anything moist I get these yellow mites! It's been happening for quite some time and I always just assumed they were grain mites. Almost identical mites swarm in all of my house plant pots with sphagnum moss though, so I'm led to believe they are all the same type and are originating in the sphagnum. I just cleaned my largest roach enclosure less than a month ago, and it's already re-infested. Is there any good way to control these mites? In my house plants, I've watched them drown in pesticide (all natural or nasty chemical), then stand up and walk away when th
  8. Hi Orin!

    My N. spinosa eggs are swelling and ready to pop... I hope they don't go cannibalistic right off the bat!

  9. Well... I got a healthy crop babies from the hisser ooths. Sweet. I'd never really looked into sexing my roaches, so thanks for the information. I do not think that sexing is limited to this method, however. For example, it's much easier to tell my G. portentosa apart by their more obvious features: the males have horns, hairy antennae, and a different look to them. I was just wondering if there were any features that were more obvious for the B. giganteus. Surely someone here raises them?! I'll go ask on Mantid forum.
  10. Hello! I haven't been on in a while... But, I now have two questions that I was hoping someone knows the answer to: 1: How do I sex Blaberus giganteus? 2: I was under the impression that Gromphadorhina portentosa only eject their eggs to dry the case and then hold them until they hatch... True? I recently seperated about a third of my culture in hopes of seeing some nymphs, as they've reached their "cap" for this cage size it seems. I just gave them a water refill, and noticed two egg cases laying on top of the silk leaves in the enclosure. Are these eggs done for? I was hoping they would
  11. Well, for some reason I decided to put some of my pollen/honey blend in with the gutload my roaches dine on. It's all gone, and in less than a day. So they seem to dig it... But I spotted a half inch nymph on it's back in the dish, seemingly paralyzed, and reeking lightly of honey. He almost seems drunk, and keeps having hyper spasms. There is also bursts of energy when he will be able to use his legs, but then he goes back into paralysis mode. Weird. None of the other roaches are having problems. Anyone know what's up? He appears to be vomiting and I just noticed he has one dwarfed limb! C
  12. I would recommend floral foam. You can get it in the indoor plant section at most department stores. Make sure you get the "wet" kind, that actually absorbs water, because I think there is a kind that doesn't. It's usually green and sold in a block. Just cut up a few chunks and place them in a dish, then fill with water until they can't absorb anymore. Way cheaper than using the gel too I would guess.
  13. OK. Yeah, I have been misting a lot more lately as I've seen a burst of nymphs, and I wanted to make sure they have water, I will cut back, and just stick with my humidity foam dish for their water, as I haven't noticed a problem around it. Thanks All!
  14. Yes, precisely. Lower the humidity and they'll just die off? OK. I'll give it a shot.
  15. There is thousands of little mites near the gut load bowl in my roach enclosure, I hadn't noticed any before, but the bull roach spilled the container and now there is tons! What do I do? I scooped the largest congregation of them out along with the substrate they were in / on, but now what?
  16. Ralph, I think you may be over thinking things... Take a step back and relax my brotha! I only provide the basic needs for my hissers (after much experimentation) and have great success with heath and population growth. My setup: (Ditch the egg cartons, I did!) Ten gallon aquarium filled with an inch or less of clean potting soil (reputable source, cycle after there is a lot of visible frass) , old dry bark and branches (checked for parasites and stacked and arranged to allow a clearing for feeding and eliminate the threat of squishing), a two inch layer of vaseline around the top of
  17. That's is strangely the opposite of what everyone else has told me, but it seems like you may be right. I will keep the conditions about how I have been and report back! How long should the incubation take? Should I try not to bug her ( ) ? I am thinking about changing the egg crates because there are some sticky parts exposed that are a bit lethal for nymphs.
  18. Really? And you are breeding hissers? When I first got my roaches, two of the females were very pregnant, and have never produced. They shrank back down to normal size as if they aborted. This is what I was told would happen if they weren't kept warm. I have seen no sign of breeding activity, and I've been able to keep my enclosure up in the high 70s to 80s for a couple of weeks now... At what point should I be seeing nymphs? EDIT: Scratch that! One of the females has her butt hanging out of the castle and appears to be pushing out an eggcase! These will stick to them for a while right? When
  19. Do energy efficient bulbs have a comparable heat out put? It seems like they wouldn't.
  20. I keep my light on 24/7 as well... This won't lead to any problems? Also, if I mist won't my egg crates get moldy pretty quickly, or does the heat deal with that well?
  21. I have no idea what kind of cockroach it is! Here's another awesome one: http://www.discoverlife.org/IM/I_JP/0011/3...ch,I_JP1111.jpg Thanks for the replies, I am feeding them fluker's cricket gut load right now... Is that sane?
  22. I would like to keep my Gromphadorhina portentosa colony warm enough to breed... I have a digital probe thermometer in the middle of the eggcrate castle in my ten gallon enclosure, and I can't get things above 75ish F. I am burning two sixty watt lamps with their cones (vented) directly sitting on the wire mesh lid. So... wtf? Should I line the lid with foil? I had some success with this in one of my mantis enclosures... Should I go for 100 watt bulbs? Would that actually make a heat difference? Help please!
  23. I have never had this problem in a forum before... How do I set my controls to auto-subscribe to my threads and notify me? I can't seem to find this option!!!
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