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PostSubject: No Emps!   10/16/2011, 6:05 pm

Well, a long story short, I was typing this early and hit the wrong button and lost all that I had typed. Anyway all my emps are dead. A couple of weeks ago, I went to our neighbor hood store and it was covered with crickets. I decided to collect some. I kept them for a few days to watch for any problems. After I didn't see any issues I fed them to my emps. Well, while I was cleaning out the cage I had put one of my females in a cricket container I got from a pet store, well she got out and is lose inside our house. Thursday my male died and Friday my other female died. Very sudden so I suspect it was the crickets I fed may have been contaminated. What a way to learn a lesson! Crying or Very sad


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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/16/2011, 8:10 pm

It's a terrible feeling to have our emps wiped out.
To play safe, always use feeders which are home-bred or from your local petstore.
Even isopods which are wild-collected, are recommended to be bred a few generations before being introduced to our Emp's enclosure as "cleaners"

Sry to hear about your lost bud Sad
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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/16/2011, 8:16 pm

Thanks GS, but I've learned a valuable lesson. Never, Never again. I've had nothing problems with feeding crickets. I really plan on raising roaches. I'd love to be able to raise grasshoppers, I think they make a great food source and unlike crickets I don't have to worry about them eating molted scorps.
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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/16/2011, 8:29 pm

True.. about grasshoppers. If they have Zero tendencies to scavenge for food (meat) even when they're famished.. they might be an alternative. I know they're "vegetarian" but if i'm starved in a deserted island.. mostly likely.. i'll eat anything that moves! lolz

For roaches, i recommend B.lateralis.
I have a giant tub of about 1k adult roaches (ratio of 8/2 : female/male) and i clean their tub every 2 weeks. During the same time, i'll harvest the egg cases and put them in a separate container which will be the supplies of roach nymphs for my scorplings Smile
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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/17/2011, 2:14 am

that is a real drag.go back to where you found em and exterminate the abominations!
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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/17/2011, 3:17 am

GS bro, in what conditions do you keep the B. lateralis. I have a tub setup with some but I can't seem to get them leave any eggcases.
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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/17/2011, 8:49 am

aw that sucks...sorry for your losses Sad

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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/17/2011, 11:49 am

Thanks Bex, just a stupid mistake!
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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/17/2011, 11:52 am

hey we learn from our mistakes Smile

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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/17/2011, 2:00 pm

That's for sure!!!
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PostSubject: Re: No Emps!   10/17/2011, 2:07 pm

Sorry to hear that Sad
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