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  1. I've been interested in culturing isopods for quite some time now, and as I look through the numerous offerings for isopods through the internet, I think about all the isopods I find on my property during the warmer months. The weather is warming up, so isopods are becoming common again. Instead of buying them through the internet, why don't I just collect some from outside? Are there any inherent problems with doing it this way? Obviously I'd wait a few generations before using them as janitors or feeders, and I don't use pesticides on my property. Thanks!
  2. I only provide enough to be eaten within a few days for my humidity loving species. For my Blaptica dubia, and Nauphoeta cinerea (feeders) I leave a ton in there and let them eat it over the coming month.
  3. The only leafy green I've fed my roaches is romaine lettuce, and they appear to be fine under that diet. Thanks for the warning, and congrats on the engagement!
  4. Green onions. I've tried it several times, and none have ever taken a single bite...
  5. That's a neat little device you've got there. Perhaps you could tweak it so that the rubber comes to an edge. This would make it even easier to pick up tiny roaches.
  6. I hope you guys don't mind me adding one of my own. Cucumber: Yes: B. craniifer H. tenebricosa N. cinerea Ok: G. centurio No: E. javanica These are the only species I tested. Just though I'd add it to the list!
  7. Unless you want to separate them by size for whatever reason, you don't have to separate them. The nymphs are just fine being in with the adults.
  8. That doesn't surprise me one bit with how E. distanti eats. I wouldn't be surprised if they consumed nuclear waste. Why don't you give that one a try, Panna!
  9. Your findings with broccoli are interesting. I never expected roaches to dislike something THAT much, I mean come on... They're roaches! I've never tried cantaloupe with roaches before, but my darkling beetles and muttlids love it! Maybe too juicy for the roaches? This should be a sticky thread so others can see it in the future
  10. I would use that as my signature if I didn't already have one! That's the story of my apple eating life. Red delicious is the largest oxymoron this world has ever seen, as they are not at all delicious, and... well... I guess they don't look red to a colorblind person!
  11. They are kept pretty standard. I don't think there are any specific differences regarding their care as opposed to the care of other isopods. How warm are you keeping them? Do they have rotting wood and leaves? Also, this post should go in the "Isopods" section of the forum.
  12. Mostly pink ladies and imperials. I like apples that are either really sweet or really tart. Nothing in between. That's why I hate the taste of red delicious apples, but love the taste of the granny smith.
  13. May I request you evaluate apples? I've had mixed results with those.
  14. Also, why are you using substrate in the enclosure? Substrate provides no benefit for this species, and only makes it harder to find nymphs. Moist substrate is prone to mold too.
  15. I have ones with shorter and longer wings as well. My best guess would be sexual dimorphism. Which sex has the long wings and which sex has the short wings is beyond me though.
  16. Thanks for that. I guess I really should have titled this post "reassure me my roaches are alive." I really want to have success with this species, and I was having a mini heart attack there for a minute.
  17. A month and a half ago I purchased starter culture of Gyna centuio from capecodroaches. The nymphs I was sent were tiny. They were slightly larger than fruit flies, but not by much. I always checked on them by sifting though the substrate, and they were doing well for a whiile. The strange part is, over time they became harder and harder to find. I looked for thirty minutes one time and only found a single tiny nymph. I just spent and hour or so sifting through the substrate, and I couldn't find a single roach. There were large pieces of exuvia in the substrate which indicates they have molted, (and grown quite large) but I can't find any living roaches. Does anyone know how I can find them? Do you think they are dead?
  18. Try bioquipbugs.com. There selection isn't large, but they have a few exotic roaches.
  19. Where are you guys located? I'd love to come visit sometime! (And give feedback and help design exhibits. I've always wanted to own an invertebrate zoo!)
  20. I wish more people had roaches in my area. Not once have I ever seen anyone selling anything other than Blaptica dubia at any expo. I guess that means that when I start mass-breeding roaches I can monopolize the area
  21. I'm really sorry about that, dude. Better luck next time?
  22. Or I'm getting faster. Every day I wake up and I think about the ultimate. I train hard for days on end to reply as fast as humanly possible. I'm always on top of my game. Pain is temporary, but championships... championships last a life time.
  23. Did I beat you to a reply again? Haha! I left early this time. I didn't get a chance to see the spoils.
  24. A similar thing has happened to me. I had a nymphs that I dropped while attempting to move it, and it showed symptoms similar to yours. Roaches aren't necessarily worth their wait in gold, so I put it back in the enclosure and it died. If you really want to save your roach, I'd recommend you do something that tarantula keepers call the "ICU." If the roach is desiccated, like you suspect it is, this approach should work. It involves getting a deli cup, poking one tiny hole in the center of the lid, and lining the bottom with wet paper towels. The towels should be soaked, but there shouldn't be any standing water. The humidity should be 100%. Leave the roach in there for 24 hours, and he should be fully hydrated. This works wonders on tarantulas, and I see no reason it wouldn't work on a dehydrated cockroach. As for specialized diets, you should do whatever you feel is right. Personally, I would stay away from sugar water, as it's messy, can drown roaches, and is an impressive ant bait. Good luck!
  25. I'm thinking about roaches I'd like to own in the future, and for those of you that keep Oxyhaloa deusta (I always read that genus name as oxaloacetic acid. Damn you microbiology!) I was wondering what you guys think. I'd keep this species as more of a pet, but I could use them as occasional feeders if they live up to their name in breeding speed. The only thing I'd be worried about is their requirement for high humidity with good ventilation. What kind of setups do you guys keep these in? Thanks!
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