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Hello all, and happy new year. I'm curious about what kind of roach-related projects, resolutions, hopes or daydreams you all have for 2022. A rare species to obtain, a tricky colony to breed?

I'm fairly basic. I've taken a liking to small, colourful roaches. I wouldn't mind adding a jar of Hemithyrsocera to my shelves, either palliata or preferably vittata. I'm keeping my eye on who has Pseudoglomeris magnifica in stock or culture. Yellow banana roaches and 'venom' strain american roaches tickle my fancy too.

I'm keeping an eye on my second colony of Archimandrita tesselata (I had some when I was younger), tweaking their ventilation and other housing factors after reading Hisserdude's blog and the Roachcrossing site, hoping I'm not doing something so stupid that it prevents them dropping nymphs sometime this year. It feels like any roaches that aren't petshop hissers or dubia feeders have dwindled away since I was first in the UK hobby. (unless there are facebook groups selling and trading them like they were going out of fashion) I though tesselata had completely disappeared from it until I stumbled across some on a general buy & sell site.

The same seller also had something unusual to offer at the time. I have to check if he still has some that he's willing to part with.

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Personally, I'm planning on picking up some Florda Skunks and an assortment of blaberus species.

 

Aside from roaches, I'm gonna also grab some millipedes (Ivory and Smokey oak) and lizards (ctenosaura bakeri) at an expo this weekend. 

 

Let's hope that 2022 is much better than 2020 and 2021...

 

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In 2022, I want to get as many new Perisphaerinae species as possible... Perisphaerus, Pseudoglomeris, Pilema, Zuluia, Compsagis, Laxta, etc., just as many as possible, it's my favorite roach subfamily.

I'd also really like to finally get Archiblatta hoeveni too. We'll see what the year brings! :D

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The main thing I'd like to do this year is establish a standard, effective method of securely housing climbing roaches. 

Besides that, I'd be nice to reacquire some of the neat species that I used to keep, as well as pick up a few new ones!

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On 1/3/2022 at 2:42 PM, All About Arthropods said:

The main thing I'd like to do this year is establish a standard, effective method of securely housing climbing roaches. 

Besides that, I'd be nice to reacquire some of the neat species that I used to keep, as well as pick up a few new ones!

That silicone grease stuff people are using nowadays REALLY works, using it on some of my Ectobiid setups ATM, they simply can not scale the sides of their enclosure now! 😁 Which opens up more housing possibilities.

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1 hour ago, Hisserdude said:

That silicone grease stuff people are using nowadays REALLY works, using it on some of my Ectobiid setups ATM, they simply can not scale the sides of their enclosure now! 😁 Which opens up more housing possibilities.

I've heard about that stuff! Definitely trying some out myself. 😄 You think it's reliable enough to where the actual enclosure doesn't have to be very escape proof as long as you've applied some of the grease? 

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17 minutes ago, All About Arthropods said:

I've heard about that stuff! Definitely trying some out myself. 😄 You think it's reliable enough to where the actual enclosure doesn't have to be very escape proof as long as you've applied some of the grease? 

Yeah, like I think you could use a ten gallon tank for Ectobiids with this stuff for example, just so long as adults of flying species can't escape through any gaps in the lid that is. But you don't have to worry about nymphs escaping through lid ventilation and such with a silicone grease barrier.

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For 2022 I want to be able to source as many new roach wild caught species/stocks from China, breed them, and introduce to the world.

At this moment, I think I am well underway in this task. I have managed to establish some good connections (insect catchers) in three big roach regions (Yunnan, Guangxi, Hainan), plus 5 or 6 reliable sellers from other regions (Northern areas).

Below is the list of roaches I have managed to source within China in 2021. 

Allacta Bimaculata
Eucorydia LingLong
Hemithyrsocera Vittata
Margattea sp. "Macau"
Margattea Nimbata
Homalosilpha sp. "Guangxi"
Perisphaerus Punctatus
Pseudoglomeris Aerea
Pseudoglomeris Beybienkoi
Pseudoglomeris Magnífica
Pseudoglomeris Planiuscula
Pseudoglomeris Valida Moderata
Rhabdoblatta Imperatrix

So I hope to be able to continue, and surpass this in 2022 especially with Spring soon approaching.

If possible and if travel restrictions are lifted, I hope to be able to do the same in Thailand, since my wife is Thai, and we spend a decent amount of time there as well.

On a personal collection note, I hope to improve my keeping knowledge and skills. I am struggling with a couple species at the moment, such as Rhyparobia maderae gold (as example). Hope to have them breeding asap.

Regarding enclosures, I want to fine tune keeping/breeding efficient ones and still retain a decent amount of display/exhibition factor.

And i think thats all :D

Wish you all a HNY of 2022!

Cheers 

Martin

PS: and update my site more often regarding roaches :)

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On 1/3/2022 at 4:42 PM, All About Arthropods said:

The main thing I'd like to do this year is establish a standard, effective method of securely housing climbing roaches. 

Besides that, I'd be nice to reacquire some of the neat species that I used to keep, as well as pick up a few new ones!

Roach Crossing has a new barrier that has worked perfectly for me! Definitely worth checking out.

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On 1/5/2022 at 12:10 AM, Hisserdude said:

That silicone grease stuff people are using nowadays REALLY works

I was going to try vaseline on my latest tub, but I actually have silicone grease hiding somewhere too. Originally for making fountain pens watertight, of all things.

Great sets of lists, all. I ran out of likes on this topic alone.

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20 hours ago, FlamingSwampert said:

Roach Crossing has a new barrier that has worked perfectly for me! Definitely worth checking out.

Yeah not sure exactly what that stuff is, but apparently it works quite well. 

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On 1/4/2022 at 8:24 PM, Hisserdude said:

Yeah, like I think you could use a ten gallon tank for Ectobiids with this stuff for example, just so long as adults of flying species can't escape through any gaps in the lid that is. But you don't have to worry about nymphs escaping through lid ventilation and such with a silicone grease barrier.

Great to know!

On 1/5/2022 at 8:20 PM, FlamingSwampert said:

Roach Crossing has a new barrier that has worked perfectly for me! Definitely worth checking out.

I do plan on using something very similar! 

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