Wild Isopods?

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Wild Isopods?

Post by LoveTheEarth11 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:12 am

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I have a 45 gal aquarium with my five PP's. I was looking to get some microfauna, such as Isopods. When I am gardening outside, I often see whole colonies of wild isopods. I was wondering if it would be safe to gather some and add them to my crabitat? I could isolate them, breed them out and when the population is stable add them? Does anybody have any experience with this? I also heard that they will eat harmful mites and such? (That would be helpful, as I do have harmful mites in the crabitat)

Also, I have spider wood in the aquarium, it started to seriously mold. I am worried that the mold won't go away. Would springtails eat the mold? I saw a site about this. I have been hesitant because I am worried about them overpopulating and them taking over the tank. (To which i could not remove as some of the decor is glued to the glass so I would not be able to deep-clean)

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Re: Wild Isopods?

Post by Xenocrab » Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:47 am

I personally would not take anything like isopods from the outside for my tanks. The reason being that you don't know what bacteria, germs, pesticides, etc that they may have that could hurt your crabbies. There are approved sellers on here that have captive isopods. My husband and I, and other people have gotten isopods from them. Idk if I'm allowed to drop names on here, so I won't. Check out the approved sellers pages and go from there. People have had great experiences with isopods!

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Re: Wild Isopods?

Post by JoeHermits » Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:01 am

We’ve had members collect wild isopods without issues. Before adding them to the tank, however, you must breed them out for several generations to work out any pesticide residues from their systems.

Isopods and springtails will not eat mites but will compete with them.

Additionally, they will not eat mold but springtails do eat mold spores.


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Re: Wild Isopods?

Post by LoveTheEarth11 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:50 pm

JoeHermits wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:01 am
We’ve had members collect wild isopods without issues. Before adding them to the tank, however, you must breed them out for several generations to work out any pesticide residues from their systems.

Isopods and springtails will not eat mites but will compete with them.

Additionally, they will not eat mold but springtails do eat mold spores.


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Okay, I'll try that next time I'm outside. By several generations is that like a month or two?
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Re: Wild Isopods?

Post by JoeHermits » Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:04 pm

You want those isopods to reproduce, and then their children to reproduce, and preferably their grandchildren, as well. I don't have a lot of experience with isopods so I can't really give you a good timeframe.

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Post by Xenocrab » Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:15 pm

Different species of isopods reproduce at different rates. Check out MT Pet Emporium. She has a lot of different kinds and knowledge on them all. She's an approved seller and highly knowledgeable.

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Re: Wild Isopods?

Post by wodesorel » Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:23 am

Many of the stores that sell normal isopods started off with collecting them on their own.
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