Denthead Posted January 24 Share Posted January 24 I've been going back and forth between this board and "feeders" but they're going to be more for one than the other, so I hope here is good! I fell in love with cockroaches a couple of years ago while I was working at a Petco, but I still only have my original hisser colony descended from the two I acquired there. I've been feeling the itch - I need more roaches in my life. I've been using them to feed the couple of B. hamorii and A. avicularia I have as well, but I gave away quite a few when I moved to Idaho recently and I'm running rather low. I've been looking for a roach that gets a nice size, good for handling (when my daughter gets old enough for me to introduce her to them without her wanting to put them in her mouth) isn't constantly buried in the substrate, and is okay with a decent amount of crowding, just in case my spiders' demand doesn't match supply. Bonus points if they're not good escape artists, i.e. can be stopped by a vaseline barrier, and don't have an awful smelling chemical defence. I've narrowed it down to: 1) Simandoa conserfarium 2) Blaberus colosseus “Peru” 3) Blaberus discoidalis 4) Archimandrita tesselata 5) Eublaberus distanti/sp. "Ivory" There's many more that I'd love to have and I'd be VERY okay with being persuaded to get, but these ones seem like they'd suit me and my family best right now. Some comments from@wizentropconvinced me to look into the Simandoas and I adore those gorgeous things with all my heart - but I'm a novice and I've heard they're flighty to the point of running across grease barriers. If I had a good way to keep them visible for display but without a chance for them to escape then I'd snatch those up in a heart beat, but I need more information on good ways to keep them. Discoids seem really good, but are a little small for what I'm looking for. If nothing else works out, they'll probably be my best bet. I've heard good things about B. fusca too, my wife just isn't as big a fan of their markings. Would fusca burrow or stick around up top? A. tesselata seems really nice, but I don't know about getting a constant supply of hardwood leaves. There's a couple of oak trees at the college I'm attending, but being from Georgia I feel really limited in the natural collection I can do right now compared to the past. I also don't want to spend money on mailing in leaves. I like E. distanti and I'd love them to be my garbage disposal, but I don't need something that lives 100% in the substrate right now. "Ivory," if those are the white ones, are SO pretty to me, but there seems to be a dearth of info of their differences compared to distanti. Do the adults burrow as well? B. colosseus seems near perfect - I might have wanted B. giganteus if they weren't tetchy with crowding. But I only have a ten gallon aquarium for them now, would that be suitable? Even so, I can't seem to find much information on colosseus, is anybody even keeping them anymore? I'd be potentially okay with a different locality than Peru if I was explained any differences. But the adults' tendency to molt on and stay near vertical surfaces or on top of the substrate is fantastic, to me. Does anybody have any favorites they'd recommend me? I want all of them (and I plan on it, eventually) but our living situation currently allows me only one more species. Any information is welcome! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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