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Tank mate for crippled american cockroach?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by winnie, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. winnie

    winnie Arachnopeon

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    i found a roach with no right legs. It can walk okay but spins in circles when it tries to run, so I felt sorry for it and decided to keep it. Would it be okay to put a cricket, meal worm, different species of roach, etc in its tank? I want to give it a tank mate, but i don't want to chance it breeding.
     
  2. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnoangel Active Member

    Any of these might kill it, cricket being the most likely, roach the least. ( I was going to be mean and recommend pairing it with a tarantula, scorpion or centipede, but I couldn't do it anyone kind enough to worry about Am. roach). Probably best to leave it by itself, its not like they get lonely.
     
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  3. CritterKeeper21

    CritterKeeper21 Arachnosquire

    Maybe some small beetles?
     
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  4. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnoangel Active Member

    Depends on the species, would have to be strict vegetarians. Not sure of the top of my head what that would be.
     
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  5. winnie

    winnie Arachnopeon

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    Haha! I understand. I'm a pretty sarcastic person myself. Thank you for not being mean and for giving me good advice. And thank you as well, CritterKeeper21.
     
  6. 1986 Coyota

    1986 Coyota Arachnopeon

    Hm, do isopods eat living insects?

    I feel like he would get lonely, since they do live in big groups. :(
     
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  7. winnie

    winnie Arachnopeon

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    I felt like that as well. Don't worry. I figured out how to tell the genders apart and got him a brother. They've been together for awhile now and are getting along very well. Their names are Ji-U and Hyeon-U.:)
     
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  8. Isopods can be opportunistic and attempt to take down another weak invertebrate. Porcellio have been filmed doing this with super worms and it has been noted that they should probably not be kept with tarantulas and centipedes because they can harm them or kill them while they molt. Better safe than sorry. It would be best that the roach be kept alone with hides and living the high life with endless veggies and treats. Spoil the lil dude
     
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  9. Since you did get him a lil buddy I’d make sure they both get plenty of protein and stay well fed just to be safe. Idk much about roaches but I wish you good luck with the three legged lil dude
     
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  10. 1986 Coyota

    1986 Coyota Arachnopeon

    Oh dang. People suggest keeping them with hermit crabs, but seeings though they molt too, I'm a bit hesitant now.
     
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  11. I wouldn’t keep a roach with a hermit crab. He’d be best with the one other roach well fed or by himself if you want to be safe
     
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  12. 1986 Coyota

    1986 Coyota Arachnopeon

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    Oh gosh, no. I meant isopods, haha.
     
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  13. VolkswagenBug

    VolkswagenBug Arachnobaron

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  14. winnie

    winnie Arachnopeon

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    Unfortunately yes. I once saw a nymph's legs grow back when it molted, but I doubt that'll happen for this guy.
     
  15. winnie

    winnie Arachnopeon

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    Yeah, I'd be hesitant too.
     
  16. VolkswagenBug

    VolkswagenBug Arachnobaron

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    Well, yeah, if it's an adult that's not going to happen.
    If its condition deteriorates further, it's probably best to euthanize it or to feed it to an invert (if you're not too attached). Not much quality of life there.
     
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