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Old 12-02-2010, 10:00 PM
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Any particular substrate or ones to avoid?
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I dont use subs at all, just egg crates for shelter and a water bowl. Don't use anything that will mould as this will kill them quicker than anything. They breed better in larger groups and in somewhat cramped conditions and too much disturbance will hinder their breeding success. The higher the temp then the faster they will breed. You shouldn't keep different species together as they will hybridize readily. Too many males in together will tend to fight, but this is reduced if you provide plenty of hiding places. I tend to take out one or two of the best males and keep them separately for handling purposes - if you have a colony of other roaches (non-hissers) then you can stick them in there to live as they will thrive in there. Be aware that hissers (and any cockroach species) can cause allergy problems and the risk increases the more often you handle them.
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Cool, cheers for that.

Didn't know if you could use dog / cat biscuits as a base and as extra food like that of Dubias. I may some paper or even a thin layer of aspen, will have to play it by ear a little.

They will be going into a 9l RUB so not small but not huge either.
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I use fish pellets rather than dog/cat food because they seem to be less prone to going yucky, but other than that it's a fine idea.
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Old 13-02-2010, 09:34 PM
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well my feed roaches (red runners)

i feed fruit and get new when goes abit yucky lol

and bran flakes and they dont yet yucky lol

and a bolw with tishue socked in water and get new tichue every week lol

but my hissers are pets so its gonna be natural
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Roaches LOVE Cheerios, or the cheap own-brand equivalents that supermarkets sell. They're quite high in protein, which is good because it helps to stop them from eating each other for a protein fix.

In the last 10 months, I've lost one hisser AFAIK. That was down to a lack of protein, which I realised when I found one half-way through the abdomenn of a smaller one.
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I was thinking of visiting a tackle shop not only for dome worms but some boilies. Will have to have a look af the nutritional values but they could be ideal as a substrate. Resistance to water and degredation, packed full of fruitiness and if eaten would crumb rather than rot and smell
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They arrived first thing today after being posted yesterday. All arrived with no casualties. I have to say I'm a little freaked by them especially the loud hiss when picked up.

Opted for some trout pellets and straight away all roaches could be heard munching. Let's hope they leave some room for the veg in there too. I haven't put any water in the rub, rather watery veg and a vitamin gel.
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Old 19-02-2010, 01:00 PM
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I have 2 hissers and they are fantastic, i feed mine fruit and veg etc, cereals, dog mixer biscuits. Mine are called The Weasleys





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What age do they reach puberty as such and show which sex they are?
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