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Hey all- I'm new to the forum and was looking for some help. I have an extensive tarantula collection, and have been raising several species of feeder roaches for a couple of years now. I'm starting to get very interested in roaches, and have just acquired a dozen large Gromphadorhina grandidieri (Tiger Hissers).

I currently have them in a ten gallon tank with a basic bare bottom setup, similar to how you'd keep feeders. I want to do something more naturalistic and comfortable for them, as these will be my first "pet" species. I don't need "roach 101" LOL. I have all of the basics down, plenty of supplies, and all of my feeder colonies are thriving.

What I am looking for is more along the lines of:

1- Substrate and decor recommendations to make a nice home that will look good and facilitate long lives and breeding. Info on humidity levels, misting substrate and if they are a species that would appreciate some rotted wood etc...

2- Specific foods that this species might appreciate.

3- Pics or descriptions of successful setups would be great.

Thanks in advance,

Scott

PS- Here is a pic of one. They are real beauties!

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Hi Orin,

I will post some more pics for you. I'm not sure if my males are fully grown as I can't find much in the way of photograpic reference on them.

I'm thinking about moving them to a tub with a bit of substrate and some layered cork bark. Hopefully that helps keep the humidity up a bit. I'll also add some pears to the already diverse menu they are getting.

Thanks,

Scott

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Hi Orin,

I will post some more pics for you. I'm not sure if my males are fully grown as I can't find much in the way of photograpic reference on them....

If you browse the Cockroach Photo section on this forum, you will find pic of a fully grown or nearly so male....

http://www.roachforum.com/index.php?showtopic=630

http://www.roachforum.com/index.php?showtopic=505

http://www.roachforum.com/index.php?showtopic=647

http://www.roachforum.com/index.php?showtopic=500

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I'm busily working on a better enclosure. I'll get a pic when it's done, and take some shots of my males when I transfer them...

Matt- Are you the same Matt K from Arachnoboards? I'm assuming so as it's apparently a small world when it comes to keeping roaches......

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I have found with my guys, the greener the lettuce the better. They will hardly touch the lighter leaves, but they all go nuts over the green leaf.

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  • 4 weeks later...

My Gromphadorhina species enjoys leaves from dandelion quite a lot.

You might consider to put a piece of cork up against the side for molting or for eggsack handling.

What kind of gravel did you use for the water bowl? They look white or transparent...

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