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They are EVERYTHING I've ever looked for in a beetle... Communal? Predators? Pretty? Semi-aquatic? Heck yes! Has anyone had any luck keeping these? are they covered in the aquatic bug book?

 

Edit: PS: I still blame you guys for my beetle obsession, I'm going to end up a crazy beetle man when I grow up old and alone

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I love them and they are one of the most interesting pet bugs to watch. It never gets old. I've not had success breeding them, but Orin tells a story about a local zoo that has been breeding them for generations.

 

I have a youtube video. It's shot in low light, but I still like it:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yt1Uc-N5gQ

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Has anyone had any luck keeping these? are they covered in the aquatic bug book?

What aquatic bug book?

They are easy to keep alive while breeding in captivity is rather difficult (or at least requires a lot of equipment and time) but has been accomplished. I like large diving beetles but these guys are a little small for my tastes.

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What aquatic bug book?

They are easy to keep alive while breeding in captivity is rather difficult (or at least requires a lot of equipment and time) but has been accomplished. I like large diving beetles but these guys are a little small for my tastes.

 

http://shop.bugsincyberspace.com/Assassin-Bugs-Aquatics-Care-Book-bic8.htm

 

A lot of equipment and time? Please do tell

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That books is just for true bugs like giant water bugs, water boatmen, waterscorpions, etc.

The only successful setup I've seen breeding the water beetles involved large aquariums with emergent areas and filtration.

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That books is just for true bugs like giant water bugs, water boatmen, waterscorpions, etc.

The only successful setup I've seen breeding the water beetles involved large aquariums with emergent areas and filtration.

 

Sad face... I can't provide the large aquarium. I was planning on using the same setup I was originally going to do with my newt. do a DIY project to add like an area for substrate. then the rest as water http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/setups4.shtml Like pictures 2 or 3. Best I could probably offer is a twenty gallon, I don't have that much space

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