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About jreidsma

  • Birthday 12/11/1995

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    Michigan, USA
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    Bonsai, inverts, raising exotic animals and plants, manga/anime, coin collecting, cats.

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  1. Once again I will suggest Eleodes The lovable, long lived darklings. Many species are available from many different people online, Peter (bugs in cyber space) as Eleodes subnitens for pretty cheap and they are a pretty good starterspecies. The larva are easy to keep. I just use coconut coir as substrate, let it dry out and keep some potato and carrots buried. The adults will eat fruit, dry foods (like cat food, cuttlebones, oats, hermit crab foods, and the like) and pretty much anything you can give them. A five gallon tank can house quite a few. Mites are not an issue unless they get on the fruit, but then you just take out the fruit for a few weeks. I never have any big issues with pest in my tanks, as these are desert species and mites aren't really
  2. Oh so unusually shaped for most of the stuff I keep Wonderful beetles
  3. Cute little guys I will have to agree, I will be staying away from this species as the possibility of infestation sounds too high (at least for my moms taste)
  4. Wonderful looking little beetles.
  5. I don't know what it is but thats one large darkling!
  6. Hi everyone, I have, multiple times now, found pupa in my Eleodes tanks. In both my Eleodes subnitens and Eleodes goryi tanks I have found multiple pupa and a few pre pupa in their own pupal cells. There has been one right up again the glass in my goryi tank for quite some time now, I have been watching it to see how it does without being separated. Has anyone else noticed this? I have read multiple times that they will not pupate in communal set ups but mine are, and it appears that they are not damaged or eaten any at all. (I have not gotten any from the acuticauda tank, so this has no tie to the deformed emerging beetles)
  7. I was digging through my subnitens tank and one of the larva pupated in the soil, with the rest of the larva and adults in the tank with it also.
  8. I finally got some obscurus pupa
  9. jreidsma


    A bit late, but welcome!
  10. Welcome! Wonderful beetles you have there
  11. Welcome! Roaches are wonderful My mom is allergic to roaches though so I cannot keep many I recomend Eleodes as a good beetles also
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