Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

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Re: Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

Post by soilentgringa » Fri May 05, 2017 9:48 pm

NP! They will breed so fast! You'll have a huge colony before you know it.

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Re: Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

Post by DreaminginBlue » Sat May 06, 2017 8:21 am

Speaking of breeding, while watching them this morning I saw a gravid female running around and munching on leaves. Super excited! :D

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Post by soilentgringa » Sat May 06, 2017 6:37 pm

DreaminginBlue wrote:Speaking of breeding, while watching them this morning I saw a gravid female running around and munching on leaves. Super excited! :D
Yep. It's coming. Rolypolyocalypse. LOL

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Re: Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

Post by DreaminginBlue » Sun May 07, 2017 12:12 pm

Yep :lol:


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Re: Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

Post by DreaminginBlue » Fri May 12, 2017 9:08 am

Well, mission accomplished. Woke up this morning to about a billion cute little white specks running around. They're adorable!

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Re: Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

Post by GotButterflies » Fri May 12, 2017 9:16 am

Congratulations! Just an FYI, the moms carry their babies until a certain age :)

It is also possible to get springtails and food mites in their tank as well.


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Post by DreaminginBlue » Fri May 12, 2017 5:58 pm

Yeah, thanks for letting me know! I read the isopods thread and learned all about them before undertaking this project :lol: Didn't want to mess up.
They're definitely baby isopods, even looked at them with a magnifying glass :D
I got home and noticed one isopod figured out how to climb up the silicone on the side of the tank... when I gently took her off, I noticed she was also very gravid... and then she did that "panic and have babies so they'll live" thing and I quickly put her in the leaf litter so I wouldn't be covered in baby rollie pollies. :hlol:

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Post by GotButterflies » Fri May 12, 2017 8:43 pm

Very cool! :)
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Post by DreaminginBlue » Sun May 14, 2017 12:29 am

I'm kinda worried now... some of the babies have been digging underneath the eco earth against the glass, which was fine, until I saw some not moving and curled up. I don't know what happened, if they're just resting there or if they got stuck and died?? Some of them haven't moved for days.

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Re: Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

Post by soilentgringa » Sun May 14, 2017 12:59 am

DreaminginBlue wrote:I'm kinda worried now... some of the babies have been digging underneath the eco earth against the glass, which was fine, until I saw some not moving and curled up. I don't know what happened, if they're just resting there or if they got stuck and died?? Some of them haven't moved for days.
Some may not make it and some may be molting.

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Re: Is it necessary to have leaf litter in my isopods tank?

Post by DreaminginBlue » Sun May 14, 2017 12:07 pm

Okay, thank you. I'll just have to wait and see. Do you know how long it takes for them to grow up?

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