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    Question Regarding Dubia Temperatures

    So, I'm thinking about starting to breed dubias, as I'm really starting to hate crickets and my water dragon is so picky about HOW he eats that it can be very time consuming, and that doesn't work out well when I'm trying to get out the door to go to work! Anyways, I'll either be ordering mixed size/sex nymphs from west coast roaches to start the colony or just breeding pairs. I haven't decided.

    In any event, I'll also be ordering a large quantity of small or medium nymphs just for feeding the water and bearded dragons until the colony establishes and the babies grow enough to be fed. So, they'll be kept in a separate container. My question is, what is the minimum temperatures/conditions that they can be kept in? Any information about temperatures I can find is about breeding/growing the dubias, and I just want to keep them alive before they're fed off and hopefully avoid them growing too large to be fed off.






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    Re: Question Regarding Dubia Temperatures

    Dubia Roach Care and Breeding

    i grew my colony(it takes a couple of months from nymphs) in a 18g tupperware tub. i used egg crates as hiding area, and 2 plates, 1 full of water crystals and one for food. i had a red 25w bulb fastened to the lid that kept the temps perfect.

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    You can easily keep them all in the same container. They will grow slower at room temp and will not easily breed. I personally use a 35 gallon blue sterilite container will a screen cut and glued into the lid. I have about ten egg crates and the whole thing sits on top of a human grade heating pad. The temp in the very bottom reaches nearly 100 degrees. The coolest area is about 75 degrees. They breed like crazy. I started with about thirty adult females and ten males (plus mixed nymphs), and in the last eight months now they have outpaced my feeding out. In the first couple of months, I used a lot of medium nymphs for feeding and soon realized I wasn't letting any new roaches to get to adulthood. I stopped feeding out of it completely for a month, allowing the colony to grow. Now I can pick anything I want because I have thousands now. Twice a week I pull out 20-50 and put them in a separate container to gut load to prep for feeding out. I leave them at room temperature without issue.
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    Re: Question Regarding Dubia Temperatures

    Ok, thanks. I just want to keep the feeders separate from the breeders for now so I don't have to disturb them as much getting feeders out and to have easier access for the time being. I have to keep them in the garage, and at this time of year it's really cold so I'll have to get a heat pad to keep the breeders at high temps and find a lower wattage solution or something for the feeders to keep them around 68, because I don't want them to grow too fast.

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    I tried keeping mine in the basement for a while and couldn't keep high enough temps - a garage is a poor place. Wrap it in a sleeping bag or insulate it some other way, otherwise you will not be able to keep them alive, growing, or breeding.
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    Re: Question Regarding Dubia Temperatures

    Good idea. The weather will be warming up soon enough so I won't have to worry about it, for a few months at least..

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    In the summer, garages can easily hit over 120 degrees, so be careful with that too. Can I ask why you can't have them in the house?
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    Re: Question Regarding Dubia Temperatures

    Well there's not really a practical place to keep them, but also the bigger part of it is that I still live at home and my mother won't have it. I could also put them upstairs in the unused attic/bedrooms but the temperatures are very extreme up there as well...which is why I don't live up there anymore

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    I know a lot of people who use a closet. I put mine under the table one of my Bearded Dragons sits on. In understand your mom might not like them in the house, but honestly they don't stink or make noise nor do they fly or climb up smooth surfaces.
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    Re: Question Regarding Dubia Temperatures

    Yes I know, but there's really no getting that through to her. When I get the custom enclosures done I'll try to build something in underneath where the bin can go.

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