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Ditch the Dubia!!!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Jacobchinarian, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Jacobchinarian

    Jacobchinarian Arachnoknight

    I had a very small colony of dubia roaches that wouldn't breed and only my Goliath would eat. My tarantulas never ate one and I had to keep buying superworms which killed my 3rd instar pamphobeteus platyomma because of the many diseases found at petsmarts. Basically my tarantulas were starving (some almost to death). I knew I needed something else and I wasn't goin back to petsmart. I fed off the last few dubia to my Goliath bird eater and went to lonestarroach.com. I bought 1000 adult lateralis Cockroaches for 12 dollars plus 13 dollars shipping. I went to work feeding them and all but 4 of my 16 tarantulas ate like pigs. Several of them ate so much they couldn't hold anymore but were still trying. If I could take anything out of this it is this: feed or sell your dubia and buy yourself <some> lateralis cockroaches
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  2. BrettG

    BrettG Arachnoprince

    Shoulda tried discoids. Breed pretty easily. I used lats ONCE,and they just were not for me. Just a pain.
  3. Weird_Arachnid

    Weird_Arachnid Arachnoknight Old Timer

    The one thing I hate about dubia is that they're smart. If i were to drop a dubia in with a T and the T hovers over it, the dubia would "play dead" (not move), making the T uninterested. I now have to pretty much use the tongs to hold on to either a leg or wing for it to wiggle about to entice the Ts.

    As far as breeding, I am literally reduced to separating them. One tank has males while the other has females and babies. I REALLY need to downsize :/

    Good luck with your roaches and T's :)
  4. Meecht

    Meecht Arachnosquire

    Trouble breeding dubias? All it took for me was a heat pad/lamp, some food, and some water crystals. After a month I saw the first ootheca (sp?) and the breeding has been constant since.
  5. RJ2

    RJ2 Arachnosquire

    it is annoying when the dubia play dead, tong feeding I found keeps the dubia scurrying enough to really envoke a good feeding response.
  6. Lolita

    Lolita Arachnoknight

    all of my T's (21 of them) all eath dubias i've never had a problem with them
  7. Mr Goodkat

    Mr Goodkat Arachnopeon

    I just started a small colony today as buying different sizes of crickets was starting to get a pain in the a$$.
    My T.Ockerti took a medium sized one today as totally hammered it!! it didn't have enough time to play dead {D

    Hopefully the rest will be the same when i feed them over the weekend.
  8. I smash the heads on all my dubias when I feed my T's. Keeps them from burying themselves and they don't play dead. I can throw em in and if they don't get ate they are easy to find.
  9. Weird_Arachnid

    Weird_Arachnid Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Ah yes, burying themselves is another annoyance. -.-

    Smashed heads sounds like another plan I could use (not only for my slings either) ;)
  10. Jacobchinarian

    Jacobchinarian Arachnoknight

    Only problem is if the t doesn't eat it then the cockroach dies. I know some people have had success with dubia but the breeding wasn't my only problem. I so far have loved my lateralis and t's I thought were “bad eaters” have put down 15 lateralis roaches.
  11. gmrpnk21

    gmrpnk21 Arachnobaron

    Roaches can live for days with a crushed head.
  12. Jacobchinarian

    Jacobchinarian Arachnoknight

    Really that's cool. Either way im still much happier with my lateris roaches.
  13. super-pede

    super-pede Arachnobaron

    lats are a lot more healthy than the dubias. they have a lower fat content and a higher amount of protein.
  14. Mojo Jojo

    Mojo Jojo Arachnoking Old Timer

    lats are infesters and I don't think I could take the chance of bringing them into my house...just in the event that something happened and they all got out.
  15. kru008

    kru008 Arachnosquire

    I've been considering of buying lats for a while now.. Some people told me that they stunk REALLY bad. I did had a massive colony of dubia roaches going on but when I left for 3 months for vacation and just had a personal friend feeding and watering the ts and my other pets. He said that he was "creeped out" with all the noises of that the dubia made. He decided to put a flease blanket over the tub and blocked the ventilation. So.. I came home with a giant bin with over 4" of dead roaches and it smelled REALLY bad. So.. Other than the fact that dubias are smarter than the average roaches, what're the other pros and cons of setting up a lats colony?
  16. JC

    JC Arachnoprince

    Lats are the best feeders I have used. But they will stink if kept under certain conditions, and I mean stink BAD.
  17. Jacobchinarian

    Jacobchinarian Arachnoknight

    Another thing I got out my hermit crab and dangled a live lateralis roach in front of it. It killed it and is eating it now. I tried the same thing with my vampire crab which is underwater. It grabed it faster than most of the tarantulas!

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    What kinda conditions do you mean?
  18. JC

    JC Arachnoprince

    Low ventilation, all protein diet, rotting roaches on substrate, over watered soil.
  19. skar

    skar Arachnobaron

    I prob have alot less ts than all of you. yet. . . mine eat whatever I give them, roaches, crix, mealworms. keeping my fingers crossed now.
  20. Jacobchinarian

    Jacobchinarian Arachnoknight

    Thanks I just wanted to know what to look out for.