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    I recently purchased a dozen Lateralis Roaches, is it good to feed them the flukers calcium fortified cricket quencher? Right now i have a heat pad underneath the tank they are in (10 gallon). I have heard mixed reviews on the heat pads burning them, and also that they do not like light. So what is the best way to heat them? Thank you.
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    I'm not real familiar with the flukers cricket quencher. I use water crystals with mine and they work really well. As for temperature... as long as they have a temperature gradient and can move away from the heat pad to a cooler part of the tank if need be, I don't think you'll have to worry. Generally, the warmer you keep them (within reason) the faster they grow and reproduce. I'm dialing back temps a bit now for the winter as my colony is way larger than it needs to be. I couldn't feed them off fast enough to make a dent if I tried.

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    Thanks Gary, I will see how they like it.
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    I've used an under tank heater as well and didn't have any problems. I use various types of greens as a substitute for water crystals. They are more nutritious and help gut load them.
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    I've heard (purely hearsay) that those water crystals aren't so good for the final consumer (i.e. the animal that will be eating the roaches). I've basically been feeding all my colonies fresh veggies for nutrition. I built a 7 ft tall rack to raise all my feeders in (4-58qt tubs and 2-28qt tubs). It has its own thermostat on-board and uses 11" flexwatt. If you plan on getting more than one feeder colony, I'd suggest you building a rack now and wiring up some flexwatt on a dimmer or thermostat.
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    I don't have any water crystals right now so I've been feed the cricket quencher with calcium to my lateralis and it seems to work really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HzRdS View Post
    I don't have any water crystals right now so I've been feed the cricket quencher with calcium to my lateralis and it seems to work really good.
    Water crystals and that cricket quencher is the same thing minus the "Calcium" additive...
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    Thanks, good to know. I've been reading about water crystals but didn't know what they were.
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    i keep mine in the dark have heating pad under one side use water crystals and mix of nutro dog food and greens for food. i used flukers for about 3months but the stuff costs to much when your colony gets big
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp2 View Post
    i used flukers for about 3months but the stuff costs to much when your colony gets big
    Agreed. I'll be looking for water crystals as soon as I run out of the Fluker stuff.
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