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    Dubia Roach Colony

    They'll eat virtually anything. Most people feed them a mixture of dog or cat food (ground up in a blender or something), fish food, oats, unsweetened cereal, etc and supplement fresh fruit and veggies once or twice a week. There's tons of info on these forums that can answer your questions if...
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    what are water crystals?

    They'd be in the lawn & garden department, called "Water storing crystals". There are various brands. I use the Miracle-Gro brand, just make sure it's 100% polyacrylamide (check the ingredients) and you should be good.
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    Adult female dubias dying in birth

    Egg sacks are usually a pink/orange color and very cylindrical, not wide or white. However, dubia guts are white. Are you sure your females didn't get squished a little bit somehow while you were cleaning/moving things around, and then die later from the injury? It's pretty gross, but sometimes...
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    Possible infestation in my dubia colony

    Pictures would be helpful, if you can get them. I've never had any worms or beetles in my colony, but I have heard of people intentionally letting those cleaner bugs live in their dubia colonies. They're pretty unnecessary, since newborn dubia nymphs will feed on the adult dubia frass and shed...
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    Baby dragons don't tend to have much interest in greens for a while. Just keep putting them in the cage, he'll eventually check them out. Anything he doesn't eat by the end of the day, give to your crickets or roaches.
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    If the length OR width of the mouse is bigger than the space between your dragon's eyes, he definitely shouldn't eat it. Go by the largest "dimension" of the mouse. If it's as wide as his eyes but longer than his head, go by the length, which in this case is much bigger than the space between...
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    dermestid beetles

    I don't think they will harm any of your nymphs. I've never had them in my colony, so I don't really know much about them, but as far as I do know, they only eat the frass and moltings, etc.
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    dermestid beetles

    I don't know for sure, but I would say no... Do you really want to feed your lizard something that feeds on the droppings of your feeder insects?
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    Cricket Breeding?

    How many crickets are you buying each week for your dragon? At two years old, he shouldn't be getting as much protein in his diet (I believe the recommendation is 30-50 live feeders per week).
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    Dubias okay for a young beardie?

    I've never heard that before. Interesting. But if she and her husband are the only people who you've heard that from, I'd go with majority opinion. It's not worth the risk of impaction.
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    Dubias okay for a young beardie?

    Don't bother breeding mealworms for your beardie, they're not a good feeder (too much chitin, not enough actual nutrition, and could cause impaction). Dubia are extremely easy to breed. Superworms shouldn't be fed until the beardie is about 16" long, because they can also cause impaction. I...
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    Age to feed horns?

    Eew, I think so... As long as your beardie will eat something that's already dead.
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    Age to feed horns?

    I don't think there's a risk of impaction since they are soft worms, but since they get so big, so quickly, I think feeding them to a smaller dragon isn't the best idea. And I don't think the worms will bite your dragon, the one only bit me because I was trying to pry it off its little...
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    Age to feed horns?

    Horn worms are soft, but quite large, so I think as long as the beardie is at least 15-16" long, the hornworms are fine. You should be aware of the fact that hornworms grow extremely quickly. I bought a few once at an expo and they tripled in size in a week. Also, they poop *a lot* and it does...
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    Help! 1000 crickets....

    There's a difference between "thrive" and "survive." They'll survive in the temperatures you described, and they'll be fine. For optimal growth and breeding and happiness (for them to "thrive") they prefer warmer temps.
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    Help! 1000 crickets....

    1) They don't need light. Crickets prefer the dark. 2) You'll definitely want to clean the bin every few days or once a week, at least. They shed skins and they poop and they die. And then they smell. So you'll want to clean it. I used an index card as a kind of makeshift shovel, I suppose you...
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    Trouble molting?

    A whole day is definitely too long, from what I've seen. I found one once that had just started shedding and it only took an hour or two for it to fully shed, if I recall correctly (I took pictures of the process, but I can't find them... I'd be able to give you a more accurate time span if I...
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    LOUD crickets!

    It should be okay to put them outside as long as their container is very secure and no outdoor bugs can get into it (spiders would love to crawl into a closed container full of food), and as long as temperatures outside don't get too cold. I don't recall the optimal temps for crickets, since I...
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    Question about breeding dubia on a small scale

    Ooh, I didn't think to check there. I checked a couple pharmacies and Walmart when I was looking... Thanks! I'll see if I can find one there.
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    Question about breeding dubia on a small scale

    That is good. I've been having trouble finding any without that feature... The one I do have, I bought two years ago, and now I can't find another one. The place i got the first one doesn't have any without auto-off anymore. :(
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