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Welcome to the hobby! A couple things. Roaches are semi-social. So when there are only a few they are going to stay hidden. Safety in numbers.  It’s a self preservation tactic. Also individual roaches eat very little. And hissers need heat. Room temperature won’t cut it. 

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5 hours ago, Matttoadman said:

Welcome to the hobby! A couple things. Roaches are semi-social. So when there are only a few they are going to stay hidden. Safety in numbers.  It’s a self preservation tactic. Also individual roaches eat very little. And hissers need heat. Room temperature won’t cut it. 

when you say they need heat, what do you mean? how much? 

thank you

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I was under the assumption that they prefer  above room temperature to breed well. Like warmer than the 80’s. Perhaps this is wrong? The species I had didn’t do much until I put a 50watt red bulb over them.

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Hissers do definitely like it warmer, and most won't breed unless temps are at or above 75F°, (approximately).

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@Martinfor madagascar hissing roaches, keeping them in the range of 72 - 80 degrees fahrenheit inside the tank is best. make sure u don't get it so hot that they get burned. also having the heat mat (or whatever u wanna use) on one far side of the tank is good so that there's a temperature gradient and they can choose where they wanna be in that range.

 

also, in response to the original topic, sometimes they just don't hiss! my 2 adults are female, one of them hisses hysterically and the other one has never done it once. they have their own little personalities! along with keeping them warm, making sure they have a dark place to hide is essential so that they don't get stressed. mist the enclosure with warm water daily if not twice daily, they need humidity. try feeding them romaine lettuce or blueberries. my roaches go absolutely bonkers for those foods. and if you're planning on having them mate, make sure you get an enclosure big enough for all the babies when they get bigger! hope this helps :) good luck xoxo 

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