How to clean my dubia tank?

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I've had a dubia colony in a glass for about a year now. Originally, it was a pretty simple matter to periodically sweep the tank. Now, however, there are a ton of babies & they like to hide in accumulated feces. So, does anyone have a suggestion on how to facilitate cleaning?
Thanks!
 

Claudiusx

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Find a strainer that will allow the frass through but is small enough to prevent the babies from getting through.

Thats really the only way you can do it.

-Brandon
 

midmichicer

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claudiusx":2xu65h99 said:
Find a strainer that will allow the frass through but is small enough to prevent the babies from getting through.

Thats really the only way you can do it.

-Brandon


Yup.
 

scm133

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Dawnzie":3889mxgn said:
Aren't there beetles that you can add to the colonies that eat the dead skin, and feces? Here is what I found so far http://westcoastroaches.com/?article=140, they talk about the Dermistid Beetles.
Yes, you are correct... they can find be purchased at WestCoastRoaches.com. That is where I got mine. They will clean up dead skin, left over food, and the feces.
I have had my Dubia colony since June, and they are thriving well. Some frass is actually good to keep in the bottom of bin for the new nymphs to hide. My new little Hugo loves them.. :D
 

Mavrick813

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Trajega":299eyrs0 said:
Dermestids :) or "feeder cleaning crew". Just make sure you do your research first


What exactly would a person need to be researching about these beetles? is their a downside to keeping these guys? Things people should know about?

Mike
 

scm133

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Mavrick813":3ijr436n said:
Trajega":3ijr436n said:
Dermestids :) or "feeder cleaning crew". Just make sure you do your research first


What exactly would a person need to be researching about these beetles? is their a downside to keeping these guys? Things people should know about?

Mike
Mike, I do not know of a downside. I have had these in my dubia tub for 9 months, and they are doing a great job. I would also like to hear if there is any problems with them, also. :?:
Sally
 

Trajega

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If a few escape, you may have to do a full extermination. They eat many common types of carpet / furniture (couch... chair). I have them as well, but I am VERY careful about a few getting away.
 
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