Minimum size for ISO?

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Minimum size for ISO?

Post by Kermie16 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:11 am

I'm just curious and always like to be prepared in case anything happens. I have 5 PP's - 2 currently buried and molting and 3 up - all past first molts . I have a 55g tank. Is there a minimum size for ISO? Or any size will do as long as I can fit in shells, food and water and maybe a small place to hide? Also is there a minimum depth of sub needed for an ISO?


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Re: Minimum size for ISO?

Post by daws409 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:34 am

I'd say 10 gal minimum as long as you can fit SW, FW, food, extra shells, and a hidey in there comfortably... ISO is just what it implies. No need for extras. You could get a thin corner shower caddy (1 in I think) and netting for shell shop. This will leave more floor space.... Sub should be at least 8 inches.

I have an ISO set up but I use it as a timeout tank for fighters or for surface molters. I don't ISO my molters. I believe the move stresses them out more.

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Re: Minimum size for ISO?

Post by daws409 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:06 pm

Crabber85 wrote:An isolation tank is a must and must mimic the main tank in temp, humidity, substrate depth and consistency, think of it as a small version of the main tank for new purchases, sick or molting crabs.

You can get away with not having an iso for a little while but it's highly recommended and very beneficial to have one on hand ready to go at all times.

KK's or Kritter Keepers do not make good iso tanks because you can not control the temp or humidity in them unless you put in them in the main tank which completely destroys the reason for having the iso in the first place.

Think of it like this lets say you purchase a couple crabs and they have mites and you didn't know it so you isolate them only to find the mite a few days later, by putting the iso in the main tank your allowing the mites full access to the establish cast(group)thereby defeating the purpose of having the iso in the first place.

Your not just isoing the new crab/s to allow for it/them time to molt, de-stress and recover from any illness your also isoing the new crabs to protect your established cast from anything the new crabs may be carrying both externally and internally.

With any new purchase that crab needs to be isolated for a minimum of one month to allow it to de-stress, molt if need be and to allow any illness or pests to present themselves for possible treatment.Isoing new crabs drastically increases their odds of living a long and healthy life.

You need a minimum tank size of ten gallons for an iso you can get ten gallon tanks by themselves at places Wal-mart for around $13.00, you can get mesh screen lids for around $10.00, you can use a $3.00 50lb bag of regular play sand for substrate, the water and food dishes can be anything from plastic peanut butter jar lids to small tupperware containers, for heat you'll need a UTH pad rated for a 30gallon tank these are usually around $25.00 at most large chain pet stores, you'll need to cover the lid to the tank and you can use Glads Press N Seal which costs about $3.00 for a roll and you'll need one dual gauge for heat and humidity for around $15.00.

Total for everything excluded the dishes which I'm sure you have something laying around in the kitchen you can use your looking at $75 +/- $2.00 including taxes to get a ten gallon iso up and running.

I understand what it's like to be dependent on other people as I'm legally blind, live with my parents and am unemployed due to disability which I'm currently seeking benefits for so don't feel pressured into trying to hurry to get your iso together you can put it together as you can when you can it's just important to have one at some point.
*I found this post in the ISO forum. Hope this info helps.
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Re: Minimum size for ISO?

Post by Kermie16 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:15 pm

daws409 wrote:
Crabber85 wrote:An isolation tank is a must and must mimic the main tank in temp, humidity, substrate depth and consistency, think of it as a small version of the main tank for new purchases, sick or molting crabs.

You can get away with not having an iso for a little while but it's highly recommended and very beneficial to have one on hand ready to go at all times.

KK's or Kritter Keepers do not make good iso tanks because you can not control the temp or humidity in them unless you put in them in the main tank which completely destroys the reason for having the iso in the first place.

Think of it like this lets say you purchase a couple crabs and they have mites and you didn't know it so you isolate them only to find the mite a few days later, by putting the iso in the main tank your allowing the mites full access to the establish cast(group)thereby defeating the purpose of having the iso in the first place.

Your not just isoing the new crab/s to allow for it/them time to molt, de-stress and recover from any illness your also isoing the new crabs to protect your established cast from anything the new crabs may be carrying both externally and internally.

With any new purchase that crab needs to be isolated for a minimum of one month to allow it to de-stress, molt if need be and to allow any illness or pests to present themselves for possible treatment.Isoing new crabs drastically increases their odds of living a long and healthy life.

You need a minimum tank size of ten gallons for an iso you can get ten gallon tanks by themselves at places Wal-mart for around $13.00, you can get mesh screen lids for around $10.00, you can use a $3.00 50lb bag of regular play sand for substrate, the water and food dishes can be anything from plastic peanut butter jar lids to small tupperware containers, for heat you'll need a UTH pad rated for a 30gallon tank these are usually around $25.00 at most large chain pet stores, you'll need to cover the lid to the tank and you can use Glads Press N Seal which costs about $3.00 for a roll and you'll need one dual gauge for heat and humidity for around $15.00.

Total for everything excluded the dishes which I'm sure you have something laying around in the kitchen you can use your looking at $75 +/- $2.00 including taxes to get a ten gallon iso up and running.

I understand what it's like to be dependent on other people as I'm legally blind, live with my parents and am unemployed due to disability which I'm currently seeking benefits for so don't feel pressured into trying to hurry to get your iso together you can put it together as you can when you can it's just important to have one at some point.
*I found this post in the ISO forum. Hope this info helps.
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