ISOPODS general care questions

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Post by fandt94 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:33 am

Oh duh... How did I not realize she's the source!? Lol. Thank you!
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fandt94 wrote:How do I go about getting some...and what are the benefits of having them?

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Post by RiNiKy506 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:00 am

I’m kind of interested in them now too. How have you been doing with yours, Ciara?


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Post by GotButterflies » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:05 am

I offer them for free to HCA members :) You just have to pay to ship them. I will only send them via Priority Mail. I also will only ship them on Monday or Tuesday. Sometimes I will ship them on Wednesday. Priority mail is $7.40 If you have a food order already through my store, just let me know that you would like some via message, and pay for priority shipping there. :)
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Post by ciaraalston » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:13 am

Mine will be delivered today! ImageImage
RiNiKy506 wrote:I’m kind of interested in them now too. How have you been doing with yours, Ciara?


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Re: ISOPODS general care questions

Post by RiNiKy506 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:28 am

ciaraalston wrote: Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
Oh! So cool! I was hoping you could share how you’ve done. Image


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Re: ISOPODS general care questions

Post by ciaraalston » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:20 pm

So I added about 50 or so to the tank. I just grabbed a handful of moss and laid it in the tank, then shook them off of the oak bark (which they LOVE). Immediately they disappeared. I checked back about 30 minutes later and I can't find any of them. I looked in the moss and around where I put them in at, and there's no sign of them.... Is that normal? I only have 2 crabs up right now so there's no way they ate all of them in that short amount of time...
I still have PLENTY in the tote... I saved some so that after we move, I'll be able to add the rest.

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Post by Motörcrab » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:39 pm

They will scatter and dissapear. At first I didnt see any either. I think they are like crabs to an extent and need to destress and hide. Eventually you will start seeing them here and there on food dishes and darting between things to hide under. If you flip the piece of bark over you will probably see dozens scurry. That's where mine love to hide. That and in the Cholla wood. If it is dark and you use the light on your phone you will see them scatter too.

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Post by ciaraalston » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:41 pm

Motörcrab wrote:They will scatter and dissapear. At first I didnt see any either. I think they are like crabs to an extent and need to destress and hide. Eventually you will start seeing them here and there on food dishes and darting between things to hide under. If you flip the piece of bark over you will probably see dozens scurry. That's where mine love to hide. That and in the Cholla wood. If it is dark and you use the light on your phone you will see them scatter too.

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In their tote, they're EVERYWHERE! they completely cover the underside of the oak bark. I absolutely love watching them! Image But I'm trying to leave them be since they need dark and warmth. Me taking them into the cold living room with all the lights on just to stare at them isn't good. But I can't help it ImageImage

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Post by fandt94 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:55 pm

GotButterflies wrote:I offer them for free to HCA members :) You just have to pay to ship them. I will only send them via Priority Mail. I also will only ship them on Monday or Tuesday. Sometimes I will ship them on Wednesday. Priority mail is $7.40 If you have a food order already through my store, just let me know that you would like some via message, and pay for priority shipping there. :)

Thank you! I will let you know with my next order :wink: Btw gave them some of the new goodies that arrived from you and my 1 topsider came out of hiding immediately to check out what I put in the dish! That’s a first here :)
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Post by GotButterflies » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:52 pm

fandt94 wrote:
GotButterflies wrote:I offer them for free to HCA members :) You just have to pay to ship them. I will only send them via Priority Mail. I also will only ship them on Monday or Tuesday. Sometimes I will ship them on Wednesday. Priority mail is $7.40 If you have a food order already through my store, just let me know that you would like some via message, and pay for priority shipping there. :)

Thank you! I will let you know with my next order :wink: Btw gave them some of the new goodies that arrived from you and my 1 topsider came out of hiding immediately to check out what I put in the dish! That’s a first here :)
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Re: ISOPODS general care questions

Post by ciaraalston » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:42 am

I tried mealworms first, they loved it! Then I tried purple sweet potato powder.... It was a hit! Took them a few days to get into it, but they cleaned the shell! I just added some powder chicken, I hope they like it!!

I can finally see the ones I added into my tank. About how long until yall noticed them breeding? I can't tell in the tote yet. But it's only been a week or two, so they're still getting used to it and settling in.

I love watching them in the tank!!!

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Post by Motörcrab » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:58 am

I started to see babies in a week or two. I guess they were bored in the transit from Florida to Pennsylvania! They start off white and look alot like mites. Now I have an assortment of different sizes.

Mine have been really liking my tombstone cuttlebones. They actually have burrow holes in some of them. I still think their favorite food is still carrot pieces. They always seem to much on that.

I have a hard time with them when I change the crabs food. There are always a bunch in the dishes. I try to get them all out before I change the food but they scurry and hide wherever they can. I found usually if I blow on them when they are on the side of the dish they will usually drop off. You can't really brush them off either because they bodies are too soft.

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Post by ciaraalston » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:06 pm

Motörcrab wrote:I started to see babies in a week or two. I guess they were bored in the transit from Florida to Pennsylvania! They start off white and look alot like mites. Now I have an assortment of different sizes.

Mine have been really liking my tombstone cuttlebones. They actually have burrow holes in some of them. I still think their favorite food is still carrot pieces. They always seem to much on that.

I have a hard time with them when I change the crabs food. There are always a bunch in the dishes. I try to get them all out before I change the food but they scurry and hide wherever they can. I found usually if I blow on them when they are on the side of the dish they will usually drop off. You can't really brush them off either because they bodies are too soft.

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Mine love the oak bark, in the tote and the tank. They cover it. I haven't seen many on the food dish in the tank.. but I've only got one up and he's getting ready to go down for a molt so I've kept the food changed every day. Ill hopefully see some babies soon. I might already have some and just can't see them!

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Post by GotButterflies » Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:20 pm

The babies stay on the mom until they are "old" enough to be on their own. They love cork bark. If you put a piece of that in your tank - they will be all over that in a jiffy. @Motorcrab - If you wanted to start a tote for your isopods that is what you could do with all of the leftover food. That way you don't feel bad getting rid of isopods. Just tap the food dish in the tote - and viola they will finish it off for you. @Ciara - don't go feeding your isopods that food! LOL - seriously - you can feed them carrots, leaf litter, bark, and calcium. :) They are simple! Of course they love the good stuff - but it's not necessary!
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Post by ciaraalston » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:07 am

GotButterflies wrote:The babies stay on the mom until they are "old" enough to be on their own. They love cork bark. If you put a piece of that in your tank - they will be all over that in a jiffy. @Motorcrab - If you wanted to start a tote for your isopods that is what you could do with all of the leftover food. That way you don't feel bad getting rid of isopods. Just tap the food dish in the tote - and viola they will finish it off for you. @Ciara - don't go feeding your isopods that food! LOL - seriously - you can feed them carrots, leaf litter, bark, and calcium. :) They are simple! Of course they love the good stuff - but it's not necessary!
I will go back to petco and see if i can find a smaller cork bark to add, i didn't realize they loved that too! i love watching them crawl all in the cholla wood :)
also, i've been feeding them in a small shell, all fancy like :hlol:
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