Roly-Poly Bugs Love Some Cuttle Bone, Huh?

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Roly-Poly Bugs Love Some Cuttle Bone, Huh?

Post by CrabbyMommy2017 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:50 am

It has been a regular thing for me and my toddlers to catch roly-poly bugs out of the yard and then put them in the crab tank as an extra food source for the crabs.

The crabs seem to love the roly-poly bugs. I have seen at least two (possibly three crabs, because they look alike), chowing down on the roly-poly bugs several times now.

The roly-poly bugs took about two weeks to discover the piece of cuttlebone that stays in the crab tank. Once these little critters migrated over to the cuttlebone, they never left! The piece of cuttlebone stays so covered up in roly-poly bugs that you can hardly see it. And they are devouring it so much faster than the crabs ever did.

It's kind of funny because the one crab, who loves to eat the roly-poly bugs more than all the others, now knows exactly where to find them. LOL. Anytime he feels like hunting, all he has to do is come over to the cuttlebone. The little roly-poly bugs don't even run away. That must be some good cuddle bone. I hypothesize that the roly-poly bugs are so entranced with the delicious cuttlebone that they don't realize they are being hunted.

So I guess the calcium and other minerals from the cuttlebone are still getting into the crabs tummies. I mean, if the roly-poly bugs eat the cuttlebone, and then the crabs eat the roly-poly bugs, then it stands to reason that the minerals in the cuttlebone would then be transferred to the crabs right?

Hey at least the crabs have easy hunting now. LOL.
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Post by CrabMater » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:22 am

Fascinating.
I was thinking about doing the same thing. But A) im freaked out about finding stray rollie pollie bugs in my couch. B) sad for RP bug

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Post by GotButterflies » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:22 am

The isopods need calcium because they shed their exoskeleton just like crabs do. I imagine it's hard for them to find good frequent sources out in the wild. They are probably loading up because they aren't used to having it available like that. My isopods love all of the calcium sources in my tank as well. My crabs tend to hunt them down on the cork bark. They can't catch them anywhere else.


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Post by GotButterflies » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:24 am

CrabMater wrote:Fascinating.
I was thinking about doing the same thing. But A) im freaked out about finding stray rollie pollie bugs in my couch. B) sad for RP bug

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Isopods have modified gills like the crabs. They need humidity to survive. That's why you usually find them under leaf litter outside where it is moist. Rest easy Image


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Post by CrabMater » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:31 am

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CrabMater wrote:Fascinating.
I was thinking about doing the same thing. But A) im freaked out about finding stray rollie pollie bugs in my couch. B) sad for RP bug

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Isopods have modified gills like the crabs. They need humidity to survive. That's why you usually find them under leaf litter outside where it is moist. Rest easy Image


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Eek, i know in my brain you're right GB. And as i was changing the food in the 10 gal i found a pile of crab poop. Ack. I know i need them. I just HATE bugs i don't want to be repulsed by my tat

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Post by GotButterflies » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:00 am

They are cute bugs (imo anyways )


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Post by CrabbyMommy2017 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:58 am

Ive always thought roly-poly bugs were cute, but, i must admit, they did creep me out a bit when I first put them in the tank. My husband kept getting on me telling me I was putting too many. Everytime me and the kids go out to get some we put about 10 to 50 in there each time. The crabs have since caught up with eating them, or I guess they're hiding behind and under stuff. But after the first few days of doing that I looked in the tank and they were everywhere! That image was a little bit creepy but it was just in the interim. Since then the only place I have found them has been on the cuttlebone and a few here and there. Definitely not so creepy as that first week of putting them in there.
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Post by C_fiesta » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:34 am

That is so funny! Did you order them or pick them out of your yard?

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Post by GotButterflies » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:27 am

C_fiesta wrote:That is so funny! Did you order them or pick them out of your yard?

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Post by CrabMater » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:52 am

Can i ask- if the garden where i have isopds is treated with weed killer, these guys are tainted and should not be used, correct?

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Post by wodesorel » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:11 am

CrabMater wrote:Can i ask- if the garden where i have isopds is treated with weed killer, these guys are tainted and should not be used, correct?

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An option would be to put them in their own enclosure and breed them out several generations before adding them in with the crabs. It's a pretty good idea to do that under normal circumstances since you can't always know what your neighbors are using.

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Post by CrabMater » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:47 am

wodesorel wrote:
CrabMater wrote:Can i ask- if the garden where i have isopds is treated with weed killer, these guys are tainted and should not be used, correct?

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An option would be to put them in their own enclosure and breed them out several generations before adding them in with the crabs. It's a pretty good idea to do that under normal circumstances since you can't always know what your neighbors are using.

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Hi W, thought of that. That's tank #4 . Full of bugs. My husband already is getting on the end of his nerves w my crabbin.

In other news, RH is starting to hold at 79. I think they like anywhere between 78-90 so im feeling ok. Humidity is low here which is odd for June in NYC.
My gauge needs a recalibration and possible replacement.
Temps are cool here. Ultratherm fired up! It was a bit bent in one spot. I worried but it heated up first time right out of the box. I put some foamcore behind it . It's 28.8C/83.8F on the cool side of the tat.

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Post by GotButterflies » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:35 am

Awe, please don't put your wheel away! Just hang it using a command hook and or string reinforced with duct tape. I'll take a picture of mine.
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