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So how do you guys go about collecting tiny nymphs from your bins, such as little Kenyans? I am still thinking about getting them to use as feeders for my rubber frogs. 

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4 hours ago, Tleilaxu said:

I don't really have much experience removing and sorting out different size roaches for feeding purposes, so I'm not sure I can be too helpful here. If I need a certain sized roach, I'll just dig around in a colony, find an appropriate sized specimen, and take it out by hand.

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That makes sense. Feeding baby dubia isn't working too well. I just found a dozen hiding in the tank. Since it is a vivarium I don't need adult dubia bulldozing loose. At least with little Kenyans if they get out of the feeding dish and molt to adult they could still be eaten. 

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Just now, Matttoadman said:

Not sarcasm. Why would they not work?

The absolute first thing they do when they hit the ground is burrow, if you have a nice vivarium, they will then infest it via parthenogenetic reproduction.(depending on the species)

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Isopods would be good because I could just allow them to "free range" in the vivarium. Maybe my answer is not one stable feeder but multiple? Below is a shot of my vivarium. It has been going for about a month. It is an African Savannah set up. Not all the plants are African though. Throughout the spring-fall it will be the rainy season. Then in winter I will allow it to dry out some. These guys eat ants and termites in the wild. I thought I was getting Phrynomantis bifasciatus, a slightly larger species that is more open to feeder size. These guys, Phrynomantis microps, are smaller and prefer smaller prey. I have witnessed them eating the newborn dubia and pantanal, but the escapees will be problematic in my set up as the plants grow. I am maintaining a group of termites outside and they eagerly eat them. However these won't give me a constant supply. Ants just run out the top as these are slow frogs. 

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I collect tiny nymps with a trap. A small box with food and tiny holes of such size that only the nymphs can enter. Once there are enough nymphs in it, I put my finger over the holes and take the trap out of the enclosure.

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