Your Bioactive Isopod Culture
A Bioactive Isopod Culture Should be prepared and then left alone for a month or so. Only feed and water them as necessary in order to expand the colony into a much larger viable colony. Once your colony has multiplied, you may use as feeders or to seed your tanks and vivariums. You should always reserve some isopods in your “master Culture” and maintain the culture to use indefinitely or until You Need to order more to replenish.
Dwarf Isopods Are Exotics
Which have not managed to establish in the US. The reason for these dwarf species not being established in the US is probably as simple as “they can’t”. These species originate in the amphibian hobby as feeder bugs. Dwarf Whites, Like Springtails, are an increasingly popular feeder species. The details of their anatomy are microscopic at first, and even the largest individuals barely reach 3mm. Similarly, Purple Jungle Micropods, another name for Dwarf Purple Species, reach 2mm at most. A bit larger though still considered “dwarf” are Dwarf Greys & Dwarf Striped Isopods
A Larger Bioactive Isopod Culture
like Armadilidum Vulgare (Common Roly Poly) and Skirted (Oniscus Asellus) are also available.. While the smaller dwarf species are common feeders for poison arrow dart frogs and other young or even mature amphibians and reptiles, the larger species are food for larger frogs and lizards. In a pinch they are also accepted by young tarantulas and mantises, especially the softer-bodied isopods.
Unlike many other pet bugs, isopods mature before they reach their maximum or ultimate size. They are capable of producing offspring by the time they are half grown. Your Culture can easily balloon with minimal care. Keep their habitat relatively moist or humid. They enjoy having a piece of bark or even a paper towel roll to hide in during the day. As omnivores they will eat bits of fish, dog or cat food, bits of fruit and vegetable, or simply dried leaves and mosses from your backyard.
An Isopod Culture Is Often Used As Effective Cleaner Crews
they are often employed for Roach & Insect Bins & Bioactive Enclosures as they are effective decomposers within the tanks and vivariums. Many hobbyists, from tarantula keepers, to roach and stick-insect keepers stock their cages with isopod Cultures as a Cleaner Crew. Isopods happily feed on frass (poop), leftover bits of feeder or prey insects, and pretty much anything else on or in the substrate. The effective Clean- up Crew should include these amazing arthropods.
Immediate Care and Handling
Some small species like Dwarf Whites are very small and very quick and can hide on the bottom of tiny pieces of wood or substrate. If your dwarf whites appear to be un-moving, know that this is temporary and they may begin moving within a few minutes. If you cannot see your dwarf isopods, put them in a warm area with a small piece of fruit or fish flake and leave in the dark for 12 hours.
As soon as your cultures arrive, open the shipping container and prepare a habitat using any available plastic container with a lid. Punch air holes in the lid, mist inside the container with room-temperature water, and place a cup of moist soil substrate in the bottom. Put a slice of raw potato or apple on the soil.
Empty the contents of the shipping container into the habitat. Leave in a darkened area for at least an hour. Most of the isopods should move down to the damp soil. Mist the inside of the container again and replace the lid. .
Habitat Setup and Maintenance
Put 4 to 5 cm of moist substrate Like Premium ABG Substrate or Tropical Floor in a terrarium. Cover the surface, preferably with leaf litter or hardwood mulch. Do not use pine bark or mulch treated with chemicals. Cover to maintain humidity. You will find the schedule that is most suited to misting the enclosure to keep it humid and your isopods happy.
Direct sunlight may kill them. Therefore, place the terrarium in indirect light. Maintain at 20 to 22º C (68 to 72º F). Soil substrate should be damp, with decaying wood, leaves, or compost in the terrarium. Mist the habitat to keep it humid; if it gets moldy, increase ventilation or reduce misting. Lastly, other than humidity, isopods need little care. Feed fish food flakes, leaf litter, and pieces of raw potatoes, apples, or carrots. Immediately remove moldy food.
Our isopods disappeared. Where are they?
Isopods avoid light. They are probably under some leaf litter, or they have burrowed into the soil. Dwarf species, especially Grey variety are very quick and disappear quickly. Leave raw potato or apple on the soil overnight. Gently lift it and you will probably find them underneath. You are more likely to observe the isopods if you keep the terrarium in a dimly lit area
In our terrarium, we are seeing lots of tiny bugs that look a bit like small pill bugs. What are they?
You have provided a good habitat for the isopods and they are reproducing. The young resemble the adults, except for their smaller size and paler color, and will molt 4 to 5 times as they grow.
Buy Isopod Culture As a Cleaner Crew For Roach, Cricket, Reptile,Insects Bins & Bioactive Enclosures or As Feeders