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Pics of my Roach Set Up

Posted by Sonja K. at 8/22/2012 10:06:18 AM

Since I believe George has been convinced that Dubia Roaches are the way to go for his wife's new Beardies, I figured I'd post pics of the set up I use and an off the top of my head description of what I do.

I tried an aquarium first, but on the recommendation of a friend, switched to this very basic set-up, and the production increased significantly!

Thes pics are "older", I now lay the egg crates more vertical just because more of their poo falls to the bottom of the bin then rather than staying within the crates, but both ways work.

I call up my local Perkins Restaurant (Sit down place that serves breakfast) on a Friday or Saturday evening and ask them to save the egg crates for me the next morning and then go get them from them that afternoon. I will also use paper towel and tp cardboard tubes.

The water dish is a self waterer for pets... likely for cats (HaHaHa) from Walmart. I get a 3 pk of regular sponges, cut one in half the long way, and then use a full sponge and a half of one at the front where the water is. Roaches will drown otherwise. Other people will use water crystals, I never have because to be it's just something else I'd have to order - LOL

The main staple of the diet is (unmedicated) chick feed purchased from Fleet Farm. It is ~ 40 pound bag that costs just over $10 and will last you well over a year. I also throw in veggies from time to time, but they will do fine on just the feed as well.

Dubias are great because they can't climb glass or plastic. In a tote like I use, I believe it's a 56 quart sterilite, you are good to go. In an aquarium, they will be able to make it up the silicone in the corners. People will use vaseline to prevent that, but that gets messy. Drilling holes for ventilation around the top section in a tote, along with the top is good. I have also seen people cut out a rectangular piece from the lid and then put a piece of screen. I would recommend having a second tote to make cleaning easier.

My reptile bldg is 78-80 year round. I put the roach bin on the top of a stack of cages, which it's typically a couple degrees warmer than that there, and provide no other heat. The temp. they are kept at influences how they breed. Too cool, and they will cease. (I know some people will have the need to provide a heat source.) You have radiated heat panels, so you might be able to put them above one??

When you go to feed the Beardies, if you are worried about substrate being ingested, place the Dubias in a glass or plastic crock style bowl and the Beardies will eat them from there or you can present them individually on feeding tweezers / tongs. If they are housed together, I recommend the tong feeding. Beardies LOVE Dubias and mine would fight over them.

As far as where to get Dubias to start out a colony, I got mine from a member of my herp society. I see them on craigslist, or you can order online from various places.

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 8/22/2012 10:22:46 AM  

The simplicity of this kills me. I love it. They are not housed together so that isn't an issue. And I already have several bins that size. Thanks Sonja!

Beth ,
Posted At: 8/22/2012 10:36:30 AM  

That's a nifty setup, I love the cat waterer idea and I'm going to have to steal that for my lobster roaches.  I hear a lot of complaints about using sponges, somethign about getting disguting easily, but they're cheap and easy to clean (nuke for 30 seconds) so I don't see the problem

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 8/22/2012 10:47:40 AM  

Yeah, by buying extra sponges, I have the ability to switch out and sterilize. I soak in diluted bleach water, then rinse thoroughly and set aside. They last a fair amount of time that way.

A friend of mine uses a chicken water/feed fountain that I believe he got at Fleet Farm.

The dishes I put the food in are simply peanut butter lids.

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 8/22/2012 11:08:21 AM  

Too simple. Too perfect. Want and a half.

Michael ,
Posted At: 8/22/2012 11:33:53 AM  

EEww  Now I'm all itchy !!!!!!!

Laura Price,
Posted At: 8/22/2012 1:32:25 PM  

hah, mine is like that. though i dont put the food in the bowls since the adults carry it off anyways >>

i use cricket water though, bout like 8 qrts and i still have tons left. but there dish for that is a superworm cup from petsmart XD, seems to work and all the babies are getting in and out ok.

i couldnt find nonmedicated chick feed at my farmers store, kinda peeved about it as ive bought it before. but ive heard you can use hog feed too, so ive got a 25lb bag on non medicated 'mini pig' fed. yes mini pig feed XD as well as like a handful of cat food. they really like cucumbers, i threw one in when i first got them, in the morning all i found was seeds XD. need to give them an apple now that i think about it

L & A Lopez =0),
Posted At: 8/22/2012 3:29:02 PM  
DIY thread!

Posted At: 8/22/2012 4:13:40 PM  

I used sponges but that got gross I use folded up paper towel. Easy to toss and switch when gross :) I love the cat watering dish!

Niki ,
Posted At: 8/22/2012 5:45:27 PM  

I use fish gravel in my bowls, but I really like the cat waterer!  Hadn't used that before.

Posted At: 8/23/2012 7:45:43 AM  

How do you keep the bottom so clean? That is the one thing I hate about our dubias. They do breed like bunnies and the critters love them, but the bottom gets so messy and it is hard to clean out because all the babies live in it!

Michelle Horschel,
Posted At: 8/23/2012 10:07:54 AM  

that souns and looks great but like Lauren Kuta & Tara Simmons ask how do u keep the bottom clean? and can you use a substrait? and if so what kind? ive used rabbit food for my crickets and it worked great but i no longer use crickets. i have been debaiting on weather or not to get Dubia Roaches but wonder if they well get out of my gecko cages? as i have all my geckos in XL criter keepers.

Rachel Wintjen,
Posted At: 8/23/2012 4:01:24 PM  

I've heard of people useing the holes in the bottom of a bucket method to get all that yucky poop etc out of the bottom of the bins. I go thru mine once every week or two. By hand. With a spoon. eeeek. So tidious, but I don't have a bucket with holes... ;)

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 8/23/2012 4:27:46 PM  

Ideally, about once a month, I get out my clean back up bin, and use a plastic spoon to scoop / flick the Dubias from off the egg crates into the new bin set up. I then sift through the poo and get as many of the nymphs as I can. If you have a decent amount of hiding places - crates, TP rolls, etc., most hide out in those, and with the crates more vertical, there seems to be less nymphs within their droppings. Also, as you are getting to the point where it's just nymphs and poo, if you tilt the bin some so the poop slides to one end, the nymphs eventually crawl out of it and I grab them like that.

Makes for lots of fun on a Friday night! 

Ryan Larson,
Posted At: 8/26/2012 3:57:10 AM  

my question is where do you buy your egg crates I've looked everywhere for them I can never find them any where

Niki ,
Posted At: 8/26/2012 8:48:35 AM  

Ebay :D Are you searching for egg crates or egg cartons? I've found cartons gets more results.

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