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    Default How to care for succesfully breed and gutload dubia roaches and mealworms??


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    Ok, I may be having trouble breeding mealworms and dubia roaches. I have a about 5 adult females, and a ton of male and female nymphs. About 200 mealworms, 20 pupae, and 0 beetles( the pupae is going to pupate soon) . The mealworms are stored in two drawers. The top drawer has a screened bottom with oats on top, that is where the beetles mate and lay eggs so the eggs drop through the screen and land in the mealworm drawer. There are oats on the bottom drawer with the mealworms , and I will change to ProGutload ASAP. For the dubia roaches, I have some cardboard in there, an apples and thats it. Of course I need more things. Please tell me any advice and what I need( or if I'm good) . How often do you replace the mealworm bedding / egg flats? What are the best foods to gutload them? Just any advice would be very much appreciated. Photos maybe?

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    I have a link that might help regarding breeding mealworms and breeding dubia roaches.

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    What happens when you click right here?

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    Care & Breeding of Feeders: crickets, Blaptica dubia, hornworms, & silkworms
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    : Please print this chart so you can refer to it from time to time. I'm pretty sure I recently shared it on one of your threads.

    This chart gives you excellent ideas of good veggies to feed the mealworms and dubia for moisture. Place a dampened paper towel in the lid of a plastic soap dish or some other shallow plastic container. If you place the damp paper towel directly on the substrate, the substrate could mold. Since you plan on using apples, remove the seeds before you place them with your breeding bugs and worms.

    A commercial gutloading food like ProGutload by Professional Reptiles is going to make your life easier AND provide a nutritious diet to your crickets, dubia, and mealworms at the same time. Avoid Fluker's gutloads, as they are extremely poor.

    "If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
    Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
    Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
    Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
    Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-30-2018 at 01:06 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    I have a link that might help regarding breeding mealworms and breeding dubia roaches.

    Are you checking in via phone or computer?

    What happens when you click right here?

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    Care & Breeding of Feeders: crickets, Blaptica dubia, hornworms, & silkworms
    via computer. Also, I was wondering if I could put tape around the edges of the screen because I used to have some beetles but then they died but before, they kept getting stuck under the screen. Can the tape be harmful or something?
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    Here are some links for mealworm care & breeding:
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-25-2018 at 01:45 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilesunleashed View Post
    via computer. Also, I was wondering if I could put tape around the edges of the screen because I used to have some beetles but then they died but before, they kept getting stuck under the screen. Can the tape be harmful or something?
    Try tape. It won't be harmful. If tape doesn't work, try Aquarium silicon "glue".
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
    Thanks reptilesunleashed thanked for this post

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    Doesn't apples and other juicy fruits and veggies already have the moisture that they need ? I heard mealworms get moisture from their food but not sure about the dubia roaches. Will I need anymore dubia roaches because there are some male and female nymphs. How long does it take for a dubia roach nymph to reach adulthood? Is it too late for my mealworms since they are kept on oats right now? Sorry for too many questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilesunleashed View Post
    Doesn't apples and other juicy fruits and veggies already have the moisture that they need ? I heard mealworms get moisture from their food but not sure about the dubia roaches. Will I need anymore dubia roaches because there are some male and female nymphs. How long does it take for a dubia roach nymph to reach adulthood? Is it too late for my mealworms since they are kept on oats right now? Sorry for too many questions.
    • Yes, dubia and mealworms can get all the moisture they need from veggies.
    • How fast dubia grow depends upon the heat they get. My dubia do alright with a 15 watt incandescent bulb in an 8.5 inch dome fixture on 24/7 that sits right on top of the 10 gallon tank.
    • Can you buy ~3 mature male dubia and ~7 mature females online? That will speed things up.
    • When you breed dubia, soon you'll find you have way too many dubia for 1 leo. If may be more cost effective to buy them online.
    • It's NOT too late for your mealworms! I hope you can order 1 pound of Cody's ProGutload dry diet soon. He says shipping is $6.50 to California.


    Place a last minute order to Santa for some ProGutload diet. I've heard his elves are shipping till midnight Pacific time tonight. There are only 30 minutes left! At least he could send a gift card.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-25-2018 at 02:30 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Thanks, since I have 1 leo, I think it is more reasonable to not give them a heat source because they still can breed under 80- 90 degrees but not as much so I don't think I will use a heat source. Is 20 female dubia and 10 male a good ratio? There is a starter colony on ebay. How often should you completely change the substrate and how long will this ProGutload last you ? The beetles can be kept on steel cut too right? So since they can get moisture from their juicy fruits and veggies, do they need the moisture from the paper towels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilesunleashed View Post
    Thanks, since I have 1 leo, I think it is more reasonable to not give them a heat source because they still can breed under 80- 90 degrees but not as much so I don't think I will use a heat source. Is 20 female dubia and 10 male a good ratio? There is a starter colony on ebay. How often should you completely change the substrate and how long will this ProGutload last you ? The beetles can be kept on steel cut too right? So since they can get moisture from their juicy fruits and veggies, do they need the moisture from the paper towels?
    Please check my post 36 on this thread first. I just left a very important message!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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