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PostSubject: isopod's for my cage   8/10/2009, 6:46 pm

thinkin of diggin through the backyard for an isopod to help with cage cleaning in my juvy emp cage. 2 juvi emps, would this be wise? would the isopod just get eaten or would it harm the babies?
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PostSubject: Re: isopod's for my cage   8/10/2009, 11:33 pm

If the isopod is huge and the emp is tiny, it could be dangerous.

If it brings in pesticide / herbicide / fertilizer residue or parasites, it could be dangerous.

The latter can be combated by breeding a generation or two in captivity.

IMO, isopods are overrated as tank cleaners. Just spot-clean leftover prey items and you'll be fine.

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PostSubject: Re: isopod's for my cage   8/11/2009, 3:07 am

I have never and dont think I would put in a woodlouse into any of my tanks. I wouldnt want to risk any moulting scorpions to maybe a nibble...
But also...I worry about parasites
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PostSubject: Re: isopod's for my cage   8/11/2009, 7:42 am

i've never heard anything bad about woodlice in tanks. they ignore living things, and munch on deads. they've helped clear up mould and all sorts in my tanks.
it only takes 2 weeks to quarantine them, i believe they only store toxic substances for about a week.
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PostSubject: Re: isopod's for my cage   8/11/2009, 10:06 am

^A friend of mine put a woodlouse in with his baby U. mordax at my suggestion. A few days later, half the scorp was missing. It hadn't molted, either.

They eat detritus, and aren't very good at telling it apart from other bits of organic matter.

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PostSubject: Re: isopod's for my cage   8/11/2009, 4:17 pm

out of all the people i know that use woodlice, that's the first time i've ever heard anything negative. well you live and learn!
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