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Where to buy a suitable tank for: #1
stick insects?

My 5 are growing! They need an upright tall tank rather than those typically sold for fish. I have looked on reptile sites but complete vivariums are over ?50.00! I only have a few pennies .......

The 3 largest will go into school soon. The 2 smaller ones will be grown on until they can cope with being handled.

Anyone here with insects?
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #2
I used to keep them when I lived with my parents and I looked after the school ones during the holidays when I worked in a first school. I took 3 home and returned 56 to the school as they had breed so much.

When i kept them I housed them in a 3 foot fish tank and they lived and breed well in it which is what I'm going to do with my Goldies tank which I recently cracked the base on so I can't keep the fish in there now. I've just got to find somewhere to get the eggs rom now and somewhere to put the tank.

So other than a big fish tank I can't think of anythingelse as I've never had them in anything else myself.

What type of stick insects do you have as I've only ever had the Indian stick insects.
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #3
You could convert a standard aquarium with a mesh screen top for that easily. No need to buy specific kit, even the small reptile and insect vivs are horribly expensive.
Take a look at the bottom of the page here, a lot of mesh lids will work and you just put a standard aquarium on its end, there no water weight to worry about.Just silicone in a small perspex lip at the bottom edge to stop the substrate coming out, job done.

http://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/repti ... M3_3fncl5UCFQ1UQgod0nX0Tg

Alternatively you could make a frame, and put garden shade screening over it, fit it with clips etc.
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #4
I think these are Indian variety. I saw some larger ones on Sat at the International Birding Fair, one was prickly like a bramble branch. Currently they are in a plastic sweetie jar.


Haven't seen any eggs yet ! How would you get of those you don't want to grow up?
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #5
The eggs look like little brown balls with a whiteish spot on them. If you dont want to breed them the best thing would probably take out the eggs and dispose of them.

I've heard fish eat them so it could be a fish food I'll see if i can find a pic of an egg for you.

EDIT:- hers a pic I found of the eggs this is what your looking for.


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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #6
Thanks for the piccie - like tiny kiwi fruit then
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #7
Never thought about it like that but yes they do don't they.
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #8
Theyre probably supposed to be disguised as seeds, but how that stops the seed eaters from eating them i'll never know.
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #9
So is it true LHG can our fishies eat them with no ill effect?
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Re: Where to buy a suitable tank for: #10
Some stick insects are slightly toxic to eat as adults, depends what they have been eating to a degree, but in truth I dont know about the eggs, they will be a rich source of protein, but I dont know about any trace enzymes, protiens or other substances in them that cause nutrient blocking and related toxicity. My thai water dragons used to eat the indian stick insects though, so they cant be that dangerous. Probably wouldnt use them as a major dietary component.

Probably one of those things, its bad to use almost any single type a food a lot. People sell them as feeders because of getting round the ebay rules,eg livefoods yes, pets no in the post, but most people prefer feeder insects that can be better gut loaded with a less specialist diet. They wouldnt usually be regarded as a feeder item as eggs or adults. I'd be suprised if they killed a fish outright on a small amount though.
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