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1st Timer: Compatible cagemates?


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I am an avid herper and exotic animal fan/caretaker but have always harbored the dream of having a large display tank containing insects. While I know vast amounts of info on herps, fish, birds, large animals, and many/most other exotics.. I know little on these guys! I would love to change that..

I am trying to find out which species are compatible.. I'm not really familiar with many insects that are kept as pets in general but I am thinking something along the lines of Hissers, Death's Head roaches, Giant Madagascar Millipedes... and anything that would go well with them. I am not sure if the listed species are compatible (they seem to have the same/similar req.s)...

Maybe these species won't do well and maybe there's another 'assortment' that will thrive better together? Any tips/advice/suggestions at all would be wonderful!

So...

Can Death's Head Roaches, Hissers, and Giant Millipedes live together? What else can go with them and whatnot?

How many specimens will a 29 gallon (high) hold? I mean, I'm not looking to have 30 of each roach type and 5 'pedes or anything... But I'm thinking some like 10/10/1.

They all seem to require the same care.. Which bedding is the best for them? I favor Nature's Bed/coconut fiber due to being environmentally sound in many ways as well as holding humidity well (moldy though?).

****Please also take a peak at my posting in the photo section... In reference to seeing other display tanks owned by forum members..

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A 29 gallon (high) with a few inches of substrate and some logs could be a great cage for the three types of bugs you're looking to house. As long as you are careful to keep the populations from growing out of hand 10:10:5 sounds just fine for a 29. Coco fiber or potting soil with a few inches of ground, decayed hardwood leaves on top would work great.

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Excellent! Thanks for the tips. As you all may know and be familiar with... It's very difficult to talk about this with friends and/or one's significant other! Haha.. They just don't understand! They hear "roach" and turn running. I keep trying to say "Hey, just think of them as beetles or something, they're harmless and cute! Besides, it's not like they're household roaches!"

It's when I say that they're "cute" that really gets them.. lol

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I heard awhile back that somebody tried to house a giant millipede with hissers before and they ended up chewing off all of its little legs (It was on Petbugs.com I think). I'm not sure what kind of housing conditions and care conditions they had though but just something to keep in mind.

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I heard awhile back that somebody tried to house a giant millipede with hissers before and they ended up chewing off all of its little legs (It was on Petbugs.com I think). I'm not sure what kind of housing conditions and care conditions they had though but just something to keep in mind.

Aww! The poor thing! I'll definitely be sure to keep a keen eye out for that sort of behavior. Thanks!

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I heard (think it was here) that Blaberus giganteus can't be housed with hissers because the Gromphadorhina would eat the young giganteus :blink: . If it's true, I wouldn't suggest putting craniifer with them until further research is done. It sounds like a great display tank though, so I say Good Luck! :D

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