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  1. Thanks Kyle. Please pardon my ignorance. I've never used substrate for any of my roaches. I'd like to use one of my 18 gallon dark plastic tubs with fine coconut husk for bedding and verticle eggrates for climbing. Will this work? Also, I've got scrub, golden, and California Coastal Oak trees on my ranch. Are these suitable? I've also got Mullberry, Black Locust Tree, SilverDollar Aspen, California Pepper, Brazilian Pepper and one we call "piss elm". I can get leaves, dead or alive, and "rotting" wood from any of these trees. Do any of these work? And do I need to sterilize the rotting wood like the oak leaves. B. giganteous is one of the others I'm looking to get. Will this set up work for them too?
  2. Hello Matt K. I've never kept this species, but I intend to soon. What are the unique and unusual qualities you refer to? I'm familiar with husbandry for hissers, dubia and a few of the more common Blaberus sp. Do these need anything different?
  3. I hear ya'. I wish I had some way to verify it one way or the other. At that time ('92) the whole "Captive Bred" thing was really catching on in the herp world so it just seems unlikely that a seller would fib in that direction. Most people at that time were starting to shy away from wild caught whenever possible. Remember the old "Vivarium" magazine? I don't mean to sound argumentative, but those roaches looked and behaved differently than any other hissers I've seen. Mine, the direct descendants of those, have been very overcrowded for over a decade and they don't look anywhere near as bad as the ones at the show did. Its seems from what you are saying that maybe those roaches were just very poorly cared for and not in good condition by the time they got to the show. Since I really can't know for sure and you think its very unlikely, I think I'll just stop calling my original 3 wild caught. Either way I'm happy that they survived and bred and I get to enjoy their distant offspring every day. Thanks, Orin, for sharing your past experience. I really have no idea what was happening in the roach world way back then, so you may have helped to prevent me from sounding like a dufus in the future when talking to people who do know what was going on back then.
  4. I whole-heartedly second that motion. Thank you all.
  5. I thought that might be the case too after reading some of the other posts on this forum. I can't remember the name of the seller anymore, but it wasn't someone that I had ever heard of. I have no way to verify it, but at the time I had no reason to doubt it. I bought three and two of them died shortly after. The man had about 100 of them in a big glass tank and they were all pretty beat up and dirty compared to any captives that I've seen. Missing feet, antenna, chuncked up exoskeletons, etc. I didn't realize until after I'd had them home a few days that they were covered in mites. I'd never heard of commensal or symbiotic mites before, so I immediately assumed they were killing my new babies and removed them all. That was no easy task. They certainly looked wild caught and were pretty lethargic. I had to look through them pretty thoroughly to find a few decent ones. Now, before anyone asks why I would buy an animal under such conditions, let me just tell you: Youth and ignorance. My friend ( also young and ignorant ) also bought three, but only one of hers died. She ended up giving me her two after a couple of years and that's when all the trouble started... Anyhow, thanks for the welcome.
  6. I put half an orange in my hisser colony today. After about an hour I came back to check on their progress and the only thing left was about an inch of rind. They were eating the peel and all.
  7. For many years I've kept my hissers in 40 gal glass tanks with some vaseline smeared at the top and toilet paper or paper towel rolls to hide in. I've always just sort of been a casual roach keeper of one common species. Well I've just recently jumped with both feet into the roach hobby and I learned from you guys about keeping them in tubs. Soooo much better! Thanks to all of you for that. Anyhow, I decided to make my forty gallon tanks back into reptile tanks and I was having a tough time getting all that messy Vaseline off. Regular old rubbing alcohol works great! I was using the standard 70% on paper towels. Five minutes later you can't even tell it was ever there.
  8. Pothos IS toxic and so are most if not all of the Ficus sp. You can find this in multiple places for pets on the web and in books. Or call up a local vet and ask them. I know this because I have tortoises and have done a lot of research on edible and toxic plants and weeds for them. I do not know the degree of toxicity or how toxic it is for roaches, but you are not supposed to let mammals or reptiles eat it. I also had a Chameleo calyptratus who lived on a ficus tree for years. This is the only chameleon species that I know of that actually eats some plant material some of the time. Every once in while there would be a chameleon-mouth shaped bite out of one of the ficus leaves. Before I knew they were somewhat of an omnivore I found this interesting, but never actually fed him any vegetables. At about nine months old, he started eating more leaves than usual and then suddenly stop eating all together. Nothing else had changed. He had a wide variety of food insects to choose from( I worked in a pet store ). After several weeks of wanting to pull my hair out, I found a small reference in a new chameleon book saying that this sp. only eats some veggie matter in the wild. I started hanging leafy greens in the cage daily and after afew weeks of force feeding he pulled out of it and was fine. He only occasionally nibbled on the veggies, but I removed the ficus when I found out it was toxic and he was fine from then on. I can't prove the ficus made him sick, but it is know to be toxic. As far as Nhewyt's cat is concerned: two things. As an animal trainer I can tell you that most dogs and cats tear things like house plants up, but don't actually ingest it. Second, toxicity can be a funny thing. You could eat a small amount of arsenic or cyanide and it wouldn't hurt you, but eat enough and...
  9. Hello all! This is my official first post in my official first forum I've ever been involved with. I may need some help getting up to speed with using all the forum's features and observing proper forum etiquette. I've been keeping my own roaches since 1992 and caring for them since the mid-eighties when I worked in pet stores. However, I really just "discovered" the hobby in September at the reptile show here in Anaheim CA. James, of Blaberus.com, had a booth and after "bugging" him (ha ha) for 15 minutes with a million questions, I bought a starter colony of dubia roaches. Prior to that I had only kept G. portentosa. My entire G.portentosa colony is based on three wild caught specimens that were acquired at the big San Diego reptile show in 1992. I bought them just as a fun pet and the colony is still going very strong after 17 years with absolutely no new blood. There are currently over a thousand and its been a struggle to keep the numbers down over the years, but that is a whole other post. I've been contemplating starting roach feeder colonies for a while now, but until I met James, it just never seemed feasible. It was in trying to find info about my new charges that I discovered all of you. I travel for work from time to time and while I was in Pittsburgh all of last week I had a lot of down time. So, I read every post on the whole site. No seriously, I really did. Even though none of you have ever even heard of me, I feel like I already know most of you. After reading all of your posts from that last two years I feel like I've met you all and gotten to know you already. I'm really looking forward to learning from you all and sharing fun roach stories. I'm heavily infected with the "roach obsession" bug and have added to my original purchase. I've quickly gone from "feeders" to "pets and feeders". I'm now keeping my original G. portentosa ( properly housed now, after all of these years, thanks to you guys ), B. dubia, B. craniifer ( direct stock from out of a CA University 15 years ago ), B. fucsa and B. discoidalis. I'll post pics of the craniifer soon to ask if they are the "true" craniifer. I'm very interested in acquiring several more species, so I'll be contacting some of you for trades or purchases. I feel very fortunate to have found you all, as none of my friends or family get it. At all. I'm sure all of you have seen the blank stares and heard the " your doing what, now?! " comments. Even my hard core reptile friends, people that think nothing of having dozens of cages strewn about their house, don't get the whole roach thing. Anyhow, thank you all for what I have already learned and I hope to keep learning more.
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