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Old 03-05-2012, 08:16 AM
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can crickets and dubia roaches live together

i will be starting a dubia colony and i was just wondering if i will have to get a new bin or if i can just throw them in with my cricket bin.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:21 AM
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I would do them seperatly. not sure if they can live together, but id be afraid of them eating each other.
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thanks

yeah i was thinking the same thing i thought i wiould just ask to see if any one has tried it.
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i can tell you 100% they cannot live together the roaches need a high protein diet and they will use the crix for their protein. the crix will not harm the roaches (remember roaches can survive a nuclear blast) if you would like to kill off some crix then ya i say go for it, but no they cannot live together
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I actually keep a few adult dubias in my medium to large sized cricket bins. (helps me to remember the other food options, besides crickets.) But I keep the bulk of my dubias seperated in their own bin. The Dubias get fed more salad scraps than any of the other feeders kept, and are little compost makers.
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i can tell you 100% they cannot live together the roaches need a high protein diet and they will use the crix for their protein. the crix will not harm the roaches (remember roaches can survive a nuclear blast) if you would like to kill off some crix then ya i say go for it, but no they cannot live together
The black crickets will attack the Dubias, not sure about the brown ones (crickets are nasty). There was a thread where there was a pic of a cricket eating a Dubia, I'll have to find it. I don't think Dubias will kill the crickets, if they had this thirst for protein I'd think they would be cannibals also and eat their own young. I have not seen any signs of cannibalism in my colony.
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as far as a breeding colony, i would say not the best arraingement, guaranteed adult cricks will eat the dubia eggs and young, and i would be suprized if adult dubia didnt eat the pinheads and small cricks. so even if you got the colony to sustain its self, i doubt production values would be very good.
whats the point anyway, all either needs is a $7 - 16 gal rubbermaid. jmo
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Um... And roaches aren't nasty

Honestly folks..I'm likely older than most of you... And having issues getting over my bug phobia. There aren't that many bugs in Co. But still wanting a Cham... But some of those roaches I lived with in FL COULD CARRY ME AWAY
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I didn't read this thread but just wanted to throw in my 2 cents....


you do not want to do this. crickets have an absurd die off rate and need to be cleaned all the time....roaches live for 2+ years and never die, you can get away with cleaning the roach bin much less often than cricket bins (I clean out my cricket bin ~2weeks and my roach bin about ~2months)


crickets eat all sorts of crap too, brown ones are nicer, but stlil
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