Question about Isopods and Salinity

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Question about Isopods and Salinity

Post by jclee » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:01 pm

Hi all! I'm about to upgrade my crabs from a 50 to a 120 gallon, and I am changing the setup around a bit. At present, they're in a false-bottom tank with a waterfall (a modified version of what you might set up for a dart frog), and their isopod/springtail colony has been thriving. With this, larger tank, I've decided to forego the false bottom and set up something more typical to what most people do.

I've read that it helps to moisten the substrate with dechlorinated salt water to prevent molding, but I am worried that the salinity in the substrate might make my isopod colonies crash. Any input?
120G with 12 hermit crabs, varied ages/sizes, most quite large
2.0 guinea pigs that own my living room
1.0 crested gecko
0.2 leopard geckos
1.0 bearded dragon
0.1 lemur leaf frog
0.1 tiger legged monkey tree frog
10G planted tank with feeder guppies

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Re: Question about Isopods and Salinity

Post by soilentgringa » Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:52 am

jclee wrote:Hi all! I'm about to upgrade my crabs from a 50 to a 120 gallon, and I am changing the setup around a bit. At present, they're in a false-bottom tank with a waterfall (a modified version of what you might set up for a dart frog), and their isopod/springtail colony has been thriving. With this, larger tank, I've decided to forego the false bottom and set up something more typical to what most people do.

I've read that it helps to moisten the substrate with dechlorinated salt water to prevent molding, but I am worried that the salinity in the substrate might make my isopod colonies crash. Any input?
Have had isopods for 3 years; they seem to be fine. The salinity is pretty diluted after mixing the water with substrate.

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Re: Question about Isopods and Salinity

Post by GotButterflies » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:40 am

I agree- my Isopods thrive in all 3 of my crabitats and I mixed with dechlorinated marine salt water as well.


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Re: Question about Isopods and Salinity

Post by cap7 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:42 am

No problems at all with my isopods, they are thriving in the crabitat


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Re: Question about Isopods and Salinity

Post by jclee » Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:22 pm

Thanks for the input, all! :D
120G with 12 hermit crabs, varied ages/sizes, most quite large
2.0 guinea pigs that own my living room
1.0 crested gecko
0.2 leopard geckos
1.0 bearded dragon
0.1 lemur leaf frog
0.1 tiger legged monkey tree frog
10G planted tank with feeder guppies

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