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They are great. I'm happy with the morph, and I started the colony I intend to use for sale 2 weeks ago

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On 8/5/2016 at 2:27 PM, JohnFrost said:

166 females and 34 males transitioned into a new breeding colony. The current set up should house about 1000 breeders comfortably (at the same population density as my previous colony). On a side note, heating pads under plastic tubs can cause the plastic to become brittle and the bottoms can catastrophically fail when you move them.

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How do you get that many Dubia?

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10 hours ago, hymenopus said:

How do you make Dubias be yellow, mine are gray

Selective breeding man, selective breeding. :)

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On 8/5/2016 at 1:27 PM, JohnFrost said:

166 females and 34 males transitioned into a new breeding colony. The current set up should house about 1000 breeders comfortably (at the same population density as my previous colony). On a side note, heating pads under plastic tubs can cause the plastic to become brittle and the bottoms can catastrophically fail when you move them.

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 Beautiful animals!!  I admire your persistence and dedication to this project!

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It was rough for a little bit. I had moved into an apartment from a house and needless to say, apartments are not super fond of cockroaches. I had to bring the colony down to "hide in a drawer" size for the last 8 months or so until we were able to find better living arangments. I kept 50 adults and 800 F10-1st and 2nd instar nymphs in small tubs with restricted food and no heat for the duration of our lease. After the move last month I was able to get a dedicated "Dubia Den" bug room to house my colonies and redid all the enclosures, put them back on heat, and am finally able to let them grow again. I'm up to 175 breeding females and 32 males. The male/female ratio is a little off, but I'm just glad to see new nymphs after such a long wait.

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Are you going to offer any for sale?

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I'm not exactly sure how they will be distributed, but the intention is to sell them, either myself, or more likely through a more established 3rd party. As of this point I have not sold or given any away, rather focusing on solidifying the breed and making sure they are stable. Ive begun selecting for larger size and have also seen a few females and males in F10 that appear to be unable to express black with any consistancy. This makes them even lighter than my other dubia. With 175 breeding females I could soon have more than I know what to do with, but this close to the finish line I'm in no rush to release anything other than a perfect breed.

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I'd still be interested in some and finish refining them myself. I'd be willing to buy or trade anything in my for sale add. These really need to be spread through out the hobby. @JohnFrost

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On 8/17/2017 at 3:17 AM, JohnFrost said:

I'm not exactly sure how they will be distributed, but the intention is to sell them, either myself, or more likely through a more established 3rd party. As of this point I have not sold or given any away, rather focusing on solidifying the breed and making sure they are stable. Ive begun selecting for larger size and have also seen a few females and males in F10 that appear to be unable to express black with any consistancy. This makes them even lighter than my other dubia. With 175 breeding females I could soon have more than I know what to do with, but this close to the finish line I'm in no rush to release anything other than a perfect breed.

Looking forward to the day that you achieve the "perfect breed".  You're producing some beautiful animals there!

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Have you ever thought about testing these for their 'nutritional' content? I'm wondering if it's higher compared to the normal Dubia since they are more yellow/orange which adds up to a lot of great nutrients for other insect eating animals! 

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Woooooooo it's been a while since I've posted, lol. I'm glad to come back and see this strain has come so far along now. I remember several breeders mentioning the viability of this a few years ago...I'm glad to see it's being worked on so consistently. 

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It's going well. I have about 230 breeders now, and have begun separating the large nymphs into a much larger grow out tank. I'm testing the set up on 150 nymphs to make sure the temperature and humidity are correct before I move any more nymphs into it, but I've used this setup before, just with a different heating pad. If this test goes well I will transition about 1000 nymphs into the setup and use them to make my next breeding colony. Any others will probably be sold as I should have a good feel for coloration after the first 1000 mature adults.

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F11 is up and running. I'm transferring them into a larger colony tomorrow and will try and get some good pictures posted. I have to shrink the images down quite a bit to post them here so I will try to put a quick video up on YouTube for those that are interested in a closer look at the color morph and colony setup.

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I dont know if were allowed to link to youtube on this site or not, but I uploaded 2 short videos. I included one of the F11 breeding colony being put together, and one of the F11 Nymph grow out colony.  If you search "Amber Dubia color morph"  it should come up.

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These are the links to the youtube videos.  

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uaDm0_eDmw 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oEONou4M6Y

If links aren't allowed on this site feel free to delete this post. 

If you have any specific questions just let me know. 

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They are great. I'm happy with the morph, and I started the colony I intend to use for sale 2 weeks ago :)

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14 hours ago, JohnFrost said:

They are great. I'm happy with the morph, and I started the colony I intend to use for sale 2 weeks ago :)

Glad to hear that you're on track to start releasing these.  I am interested in picking up a group from you when that time arrives.

 

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