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do water crystals have to be kept in the frige. or can i just keep in a closed container at room temp.

As long as they're sealed they should be able to last for years at room temperature. If they aren't sealed and they begin to dry out you can just add water though it may be difficult to determine exactly how much.

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I'm using the cricket quencher gel bites from fluker's I think they work about the same as the crystals. Not sure tho never tried crystals.

Guys, go with crystals! It is soooo much cheaper and is better! I would not trust anything from flukers! I have a pound of crystals and even with 11 colony's of roaches i've been using it for like the whole year! Thats a $9 investment! Once a week i make up two quart jars of it, sometimes more!

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Guys, go with crystals! It is soooo much cheaper and is better! I would not trust anything from flukers! I have a pound of crystals and even with 11 colony's of roaches i've been using it for like the whole year! Thats a $9 investment! Once a week i make up two quart jars of it, sometimes more!

Where is the best place to order the crystals? Also do I really need to provide a second source of water if I keep the cage humid and include leafy greens and fresh fruit in the diet? I've been feeding my hissers just about the same mix of food I feed my sugar gliders but I think I'm going to go get them some dog food today to throw in there as the staple. I noticed they especially liked the little cubes of peach.

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I buy my water crystals at garden shops, walmart, anywhere with a gardening section. 16 oz. container was like 6 bucks at walmart the last time i bought any, I make up a gallon at a time, and just make more when i need them. I also mix some crystals in with the substrate for the other humidity loving inverts I keep.

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Yesterday I found something called water gel or something at my local garden shop. The description was something like" Can holde water for flowers up 14 days" or something. I don`t know what it is made from, and tought i might contain fertilizer or something other harmful to my roaches... Any oppinion? Some "safe" brands?

Regards

Robin

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Yesterday I found something called water gel or something at my local garden shop. The description was something like" Can holde water for flowers up 14 days" or something. I don`t know what it is made from, and tought i might contain fertilizer or something other harmful to my roaches... Any oppinion? Some "safe" brands?

Regards

Robin

The brands I have used are..

Soil Moist, cant remember who makes it though

and Shultz Moisture Plus

I used 2 containers of the Moisture Plus, then had to switch to the Moisture Plus and have used nearly 3 gallons of it with no problems at all.

Chris

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So I made a half a quart jar of crystals that I've been keeping at room temperature, I washed out the jar really well, and used filtered water that I boiled in the microwave prior to hydrating them. I've been really careful about using a clean spoon when scooping them out. Here's my problem: It seems to me like the crystals have been turning sort of cloudy white (barely)...when I initially made them they were clear as water and the only way you could tell they were crystals was the lumps up on top. Now you can sort of see the outlines of them if you look closely...and it looks like there may be dust in there now, as I can see a couple clear fibers floating between crystals, and specks.

Have the crystals been contaminated some how? I detect no sort of odor, either moldy or rotten or otherwise...

Should I throw them out and restart a new batch ya think? :huh:

Thanks!

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Unless you are working in a sterile room, chances are you are seeing bacterial growth. Probably harmless bacteria, but bacteria just the same. I would suggest using tap water, or filtered spring water, dont bother with the microwave activity, and only make up what you might use in a day or two or three. You should not need to add crystals to the enclosure every day as it is...just once a week generally.

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