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In an effort to hopefully regulate my hisser population somewhat, I moved my 4 males to their own enclosure, a very spacious 20 gallon aquarium. When they were with the ladies in the main enlosure, they battled and staked out territories. In their private tank, all 4 of them are sleeping together snuggly under a cork bark hide. Has anyone else tried this and noticed a lack of aggressive behavior when females are not present?

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What kind of Hissers are they??

I am interested in this, as I have some pretty aggressive boys too...I thought about separating them, but worried the fighting would increase.

I have taken out male Dubias when the male population took over the females and wing biting occurred. This worked out ok for them it seemed. But I have not tried it with my Hissers.

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Mine are Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. As I identify the male nymphs in my main tank I plan on moving them over to the males-only tank. I will see how things go...

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Mine are Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. As I identify the male nymphs in my main tank I plan on moving them over to the males-only tank. I will see how things go...

I hope it works out! I have a ton of the Madagascars too.. yes, the males can get quite aggressive with one another. If this works out for you, I may also give it a try, just to balance the ratio out a bit. Right now, they are all in a huge tub and they breed like crazy! lol. I would like to slow that down a bit, so keep me informed as how it goes for you.

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If you want slower production, maybe you should just lower the temperature, or take some females out before they reach adulthood. Only a handful of males is what it takes to make all of your females pregnant continuously.

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If you want slower production, maybe you should just lower the temperature, or take some females out before they reach adulthood. Only a handful of males is what it takes to make all of your females pregnant continuously.

I have done that, but we have had such a hot summer, they are loving it! I really need to go thru my bin and sort some out again soon here!

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Since my rhinos, and giant caves are in the same room as other roaches, I put some wet towels on their bins, and keep ventilation in the bins to a minimal so that they're kept cool by evaporation on the towels when air conditioning is off, it can be quite cold in there on a low humidity day. Not sure if it is feasible in your situation though.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Just an update: The 4 males seemed so sad in their separate enclosure... I put them back in with the ladies and everybody is more active and happy again. I'll wait till the population is exploding before I move some hissers into the other enclosure, and since it has no heat source the reproduction should be kept to a minimum like someone above mentioned.

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