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PostSubject: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 7:15 pm

is there anything i can put in my tank to help keep it clean it gets messy really fast and the pillbugs i got dont do much, and im tired of having to clean it and replace everything so much
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 7:18 pm

What do you mean by messy?
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 7:42 pm

If you are looking for the same job as the pill bugs, get some tropical spring tails. They will live in there with the pill bugs, and will reproduce quite well. Your tank will definitely be cleaner.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 8:11 pm

well my scorpions seem to be messy eaters and eat alot so they leave tons of crickets parts everywhere and i keep seeing baby crickets they dont seem to last long they always drowned in the water dish befor they get very big and the other day i saw little tiny bugs that were just walking/jumping across the top of the water dish they didnt really look like crickets
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 8:15 pm

what are tropical spring tails and where can i get some online because no where around here carrys those
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 8:21 pm

Here is a link to Josh's Frogs. He sells large cultures for them. Click the "How to use" tab in the description for a video on how to culture them. They will breed in your tank and help clean up the stuff your pill bugs miss.

To help avoid baby crickets you can cut off the ovipositor of the female crickets. The can't lay eggs without it. It's the stick that comes out of their [buttocks].
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 8:30 pm

i normally just buy a dozen or two dozen and poor them all into the scorpion tank and then repeat once i dont see anymore live ones
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 8:33 pm

and im thinking i might needa get more pillbugs as iv only seen a few still crawling around in there...
they drown more often then the crickets i put in there
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/8/2011, 9:06 pm

You won't regret getting spring tails.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 12:31 am

You know, I don't get this whole dumping a bunch of crickets in.

Why don't you just drop a cricket in front of the scorp when it's out? Scorpinox just snatches them up that way.......even if it's every day or every other day.................

Or do yours not come out?
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 12:37 am

mine come out and always eat crickets when i put them in front of it they just die super fast when i try keeping them in a different cage
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 12:39 am

Ohhh Ok.

Springtails is a good idea then. Street has some good advice Smile
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 12:40 am

if you only have one or two emps in the tank i would take the time to herd a couple of crickets into their burrow or tong feed em.your getting all that mess because your lazy.
the crickets are laying eggs because you dump so many in there and just leave em.the warm,moist soil is perfect for egg laying.then those baby crix die in the soil and water enticing more pests.your emps are messy because after one cricket another is there then another and another and being oppotunistic feeders they drop the old and in with the new leaving some leftovers.

springtails arent necessary just adjust your feeding habits and the pill bugs should handle what you miss.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 12:44 am

shining wrote:
if you only have one or two emps in the tank i would take the time to herd a couple of crickets into their burrow or tong feed em.your getting all that mess because your lazy.
the crickets are laying eggs because you dump so many in there and just leave em.the warm,moist soil is perfect for egg laying.then those baby crix die in the soil and water enticing more pests.your emps are messy because after one cricket another is there then another and another and being oppotunistic feeders they drop the old and in with the new leaving some leftovers.

springtails arent necessary just adjust your feeding habits and the pill bugs should handle what you miss.

In the event he's not gonna do that, springtails would work.

+1 on your response.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 7:08 pm

thats what i used to do but then they quit eating for a few days and the crickets were dying
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 7:14 pm

jfilyau wrote:
thats what i used to do but then they quit eating for a few days and the crickets were dying

I think what you are saying is that you were feeding them one at a time and keeping the crickets in a cricket keeper and the crickets kept dying?

If you are keeping crickets, you also have to feed and water them and keep them at appropriate temps to keep them alive longer.

If that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 7:27 pm

word Annababycakes.

crickets have a horrorible shelf life even when you do provide em with the luxury of water source and food.every week i buy 15 adult crickets for my emps.on the way home at least two are dead,the emps eat 6 or 7 crix between the two of my emps and i have one or two crix left over by the time weekend comes around.they dont eat everyday either so the crickets have time to eat and die.grrrrrrfdjfiejldkjfk

im tired of crickets in general,poopy,noisy,always dying before eaten hoppy,bitty eyed staring voyeurs.

if you feel the same as me jfilyau,dubia colony is the answer.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 10:44 pm

whats dubia? iv heard of it just got no idea if they are less gross/annoying then crickets then ill do that
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 10:54 pm

Blaptica dubia roaches. No smell and live for months and months. Start a colony of them. Look it up. Be advised though that dubia burrow. Blatta lateralis roaches do not burrow, but don't get as large.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 11:10 pm

so then should i just tweaser feed them the dubia?
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/9/2011, 11:39 pm

Yeah. Probably best to do so.
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/10/2011, 2:03 am

okay where can i get those and how do i start a colony cause i like tweazer feeding the scorpions i just hate having to deal with the smelly crickets
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/10/2011, 5:47 am

Everyone hates smelly crix Smile I need to get a roach colony going been meaning to do it for months now you can get starter pks online here in the uk, where are you from?

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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/10/2011, 11:15 am

im from US lol they have hissing cocroaches at the pet store here buts thats all ill look online for some lol
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PostSubject: Re: dirty tank   9/10/2011, 2:14 pm

Ken the bug guy has dubia. You can get the Blatta lateralis from gulf coast crickets for cheap. they also have dubia.
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