Keeping Dubias Alive

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Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby Reptilelady » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:14 pm

Hi Everyone,
How do you keep your dubias alive? I have the water and dubia chow. But was wondering how to keep them longer without dying?
This is what ive been giving them in a dark plastic bin with holes.
http://www.lugarti.com/diet-nutrition/3 ... drops.html
http://www.lugarti.com/diet-nutrition/3 ... -diet.html
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Re: Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby CooperDragon » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:42 am

I find that they thrive with minimal intervention. I just feed them veg scraps and occasional orange or banana and they do very well. They'll eat stems from greens, leftover salads, they LOVE squash. They're pretty good little composters.
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Re: Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby Mysty » Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:08 pm

Dubias are hardy. There's gotta be a good reason why they're dying. Could it be any of these?

1. Too hot? If you use a heatmat to heat the tub, do they have access to cooler areas?

2. Too dry? Misting the tub daily helps dubia to shed succesfully. If they appear to die during shedding, its too dry.

3. Mould? Old food, esp fruit can mould quickly. It can devestate a colony.

Dubias also require dark places to hide and do well with lots of company and little disturbance.

If its not any of these, perhaps you are unlucky and there is something killing the roaches that husbandry cannot fix.
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Re: Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby Mysty » Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:09 pm

Oh yeah, also I'd feed fresh fruit and veg as mentioned. Plus some cereal or rolled oats.
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Re: Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby Reptilelady » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:40 pm

Thanks for your suggestions guys. They need to be kept warm? I usually just leave in room temperature its around 77/78ish F is that too cold for them?

When should i take out the fresh food from left over salads etc whenever my beardie doesn't eat. Should i clean it up in a day or sooner if not eaten before mold starts?
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Re: Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby Reptilelady » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:41 pm

Also for dark places , can i use a couple egg crates? Not sure how dark they need to be?
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Re: Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby Mysty » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:42 pm

Put it on top of a viv for easy heat.

They're tropical insects so need heat and a daily misting of the sides of the tub.

The more places to hide the better. Little medicine boxes and tubes will be used if you dont have many eggcrates.
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Re: Keeping Dubias Alive

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:25 am

I have my colony split in two at the moment. The main colony is in the basement in a glass 20g long tank with mesh top and a CHE overhead. They have cardboard tubes for housing. The second half is in a rubbermaid bin with the top cut out and covered in mesh.They live in egg crates zip tied together and they sit in the computer room at room temp (low 70s air conditioned). Both halves are doing fine. They will breed more quickly and be happier with warmer temps, but they seem fine at room temp as well.
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