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PostSubject: Hunted Isopods   8/9/2010, 12:34 am

I have hunted a bunch of potato bugs, pill bugs, etc. I'm pretty confident where I found them were places where no fertilizer or chemicals were used. I did some more hunting today while visiting my mother and I'm pretty sure they treat her lawn. Her garden where I found them does not get treated though. Does anyone think this would be a risk to put into my vivarium? Also if nothing is eating the isopods, they are just walking around eating scraps, poop and decay would this really pose a problem for the scorpions health? I am hoping to get a little feedback before I put these other isopods in there.

As always, any insight is appreciated!
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PostSubject: Re: Hunted Isopods   8/18/2010, 5:26 am

Honestly, I've done the exact same thing you did.
Another issue that may come with your isopods is parasites.
I took the risk though, and so far nothing has happened this past couple of years.
Yup, all they do is multiply and eat decaying matter in your tank.
The scorpion won't be bothered by the isopods and will probably not even touch them. Just don't dump 50 of them in your tank. You only need about 10 and they will multiply on their own. I sometimes throw in some veggies for them to eat if I find there isn't much for them to eat.
It's up to you if you want to put them in your setup, otherwise you can breed them and use the 2nd or 3rd generation just in case.
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PostSubject: Re: Hunted Isopods   8/18/2010, 11:10 am

Awesome, I think I have about 10 in a 20 gal high set up now and about 20 in a separate container as those were the questionable ones. I'm trying to see if those will breed, but may toss them in too.

Right now I have them in my tropical set up only do you think they will do ok in a desert set up? I've been scooping cricket parts out with a spoon in that one and thought the lil' isopods would help.

Thanks for the insight
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PostSubject: Re: Hunted Isopods   8/18/2010, 4:04 pm

For a 20 gallon, you can put a pretty good amount of isopods in them. I think I have like 20 in my 10 gallon because they've been multiplying.

I don't think they'll be fine in a desert setup. These guys need moist environments and will probably dry out in the desert one.
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PostSubject: Re: Hunted Isopods   8/18/2010, 4:30 pm

H. laoticus wrote:
For a 20 gallon, you can put a pretty good amount of isopods in them. I think I have like 20 in my 10 gallon because they've been multiplying.


Cool, I will add a few more then, thanks.

H. laoticus wrote:
I don't think they'll be fine in a desert setup. These guys need moist environments and will probably dry out in the desert one.

That is what I was thinking and why I didn't put any in, but thought it would be worth asking. They seem to be pretty hardy, but then again here we find them under rocks and logs and stuff in damp soil or grass and it is pretty humid here in the summer.

Thanks again, this helps a lot
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