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Ammonia odor?


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I know in the world of mammalian pets that the smell of ammonia is from urine and it means it time to change the bedding. My eublaberus roach Ben has a slight ammonia scent( or something similar). Is this also the smell of roach waste or something else? The only change is I now have 6 or so freshly molted adults.

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You might have had some die off or the frass is rotting a bit. Depending on the decor/hides, they might also be molding (especially if you use egg crates). Might be good to poke around some and maybe do a quick cleaning. I had that issue with my dubia a while back and after cleaning I haven't had any other issues.

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Well they are pantanal And no odor from the adults when I pick them up but that could be it. I rummaged through it, no dead, no uneaten food but there were a few small buried pieces of bark that smelled strong of the odor. I added some fresh coco fiber and removed the funky chunks.

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Cool, sounds like you've got it all figured out then! Sometimes you'll get funky odors when the roaches bury things, but better that than a bunch of dead roaches causing the smell!

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Yeah I noticed wet food leads to wet frass which is really apparent in my hissers. I keep e posticus and use just eggcrate with no substrate. I dont know if thats an option with pantanal but it might make a difference. The key is to use 1x1 pieces of wood so the eggcrate doesnt comein contact with moist frass and I keep 1/2" of frass for the little nymphs and it holds enough moisture without being to overbearing and is over all easier to clean.

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