MooreInverts Posted September 26, 2017 Share Posted September 26, 2017 This is a really strange one. I don't know how it got there, but when I was collecting dwarf white isopods from my culture, I saw a little brown moving insect in the substrate. It freaked out and tried to hide when I got near it, but I scooped it out and lo and behold I am 95% sure it's a little dubia nymph! Little buddy is a cutie for sure, and I got a good look at it's face and legs and it's definitely a roach, and since it can't climb, has similar markings, and could have easily come from the same culture the dwarf whites were originally collected from, I am almost certain. I ended up telling my partner this, and for some reason he got VERY EXCITED and wanted to know if he could keep it as a pet! He's always been extremely supportive of my herptile and invertebrate endeavors, and he even cared for my b. rothi when I was away with medical and family issues, but he's never been this excited before! He thinks its really cute and already decided it's name is "Skittles" and he really wants to keep it. The neat thing is, he's always wanted something made by me for his dorm. I talked about taking my extra moss from my vivarium (the moss didn't grow right in the viv but I saved a ton of it and it's been growing well enough in a tub under the light) and making mason jar terrariums, and I promised I'd make him a special one just for him. The more we talked, the more we added the two ideas together, and I'm thinking of making a small living vivarium just for this little buddy. I just need some advice first. c: I have a few ideas in my head, but I'm struggling to find answers. Here's what I'm wondering about: It seems like everyone uses tanks and artificial lighting to make roach vivariums with living plants, but is it possible to go about it in different ways? Could a tub, kritter keeper, or plexiglass/acrylic enclosure work just as well, or are there pros/cons to each one? As for lighting, would indirect sunlight be enough? Usually terrariums, without an animal inside, are usually grown without artificial light. But is that not possible or not as beneficial as artificial lighting? And in a smaller enclosure, would a light heat up the enclosure too much, or is the extra heat a good thing? Finally, would a small cleaner crew benefit one roach and its plants? Would too many overwhelm the roach? Or would just springtails or a few isopods of the same sex be sufficient? My partner seems really obsessed with powdery blue isopods for some reason, so if selecting a few males would be beneficial and safe, then that'd be awesome. Would this single dubia be okay by itself? Do they do better in groups? Should we try and get more of them...? I don't have the heart to feed this one off, but maybe I could get some dubia for my Eurydactylodes and see if I can't sex some out of the group to join this one. It'll be more of a hassle, but if it helps, I'll do it. c: I think that's about it. Any advice is really appreciated, so thanks in advance. c: [Also! If my ID on this little guy is wrong, PLEASE correct me! I'll keep it, regardless of what it is, but I just want to make sure I know what it is so I can tailor its care to its species needs] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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