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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:05 pm 
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Hi! I was wondering if anybody has experience of keeping phasmids in naturalistic vivariums?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:27 am 
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Whilst I have no personal experience myself, it is something I have pondered about and wanted to do myself. You would need a large amount of food plant for the phasmids and you will probably have to use a species that doesn't eat so much that the plants cannot recover.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:50 pm 
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I have thought about it. I think a decent bioactive setup with good population of springtails / isopods / maybe roaches and millies in the substrate would be a pretty nice mixed setup. Your biggest problem IMO would be uncontrolled reproduction unless you're willing to euthanise nymphs or are able to pass them on. Maybe keep it single sex.
I don't think there is any way growing plants would provide enough without adding in cut foliage.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:12 pm 
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Hi! i wasn't planning on keeping them with food plants. I was planning to have the usual vase as a centerfold. I'm most interested in keeping larger species in this setup. My major concern is that the frass would build up.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:43 pm 
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Maybe i could put in a mantis that is too small to prey on the adult to prevent overpopulation? I was planning to re furnish my Sungaya inexpectata "lowland" tank as it is huge and look boring in the traditionally setup. But Sungaya inexpectata "lowland" are not picky about food plants and the are voracious.


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