Some Isopod questions

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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by Just Jay » Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:52 pm

GotButterflies wrote:I don't give mine in the crabitat water dishes...and they are thriving. When I had them in a tote I used to spray it once a day in the morning with dechlorinated water. I actually saw a bunch of them out in the day a week ago, and then I realized why. A hermit was foraging through "their" area trying to get at them!
Hahaha thats so cute. I figured if the environment is misted and humid enough they will find "pools" or droplets they an drink from

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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by Just Jay » Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:04 pm

Im sure with over crowding they will eat each other but is there any specific size to number of isops?

I have a 20g long tank with four hermits [for now]. I am planning on purchasing 100 isops. 50 for the hermit crab tank and 50 to breed and live so as i need more ill have more.

What size tank would recommend for the isops?

Also if i purchase the isops from an online breeder do i still need to wait before putting them in my own tank? [Why or why not if you dont mind explaining]

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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by GotButterflies » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:32 pm

I'm not sure how many isopods are supposed to go into a tank. I raised my isopods in a 3 gallon tote. No, I don't think you need to wait to put isopods into your tank once you get them from a breeder. That's just my opinion though.


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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by Just Jay » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:35 pm

Appreciated none the less. I keep reading a good rule of thumb. I keep reading different things and thats just how i came to 50 or so for my size tank

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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by EadvEnturEs » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:35 pm

I'm with GotButterflies. Should be fine! I would put at least 50 in a 20G to start, so you're right on there.

For their own habitat, a tote like that should be totally fine. I personally never tried that hard with it when I had them before. I tossed all I had into my hermit tank and they lived a happy coexistence, regularly seen eating out of the hermit food dish.


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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by Just Jay » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:36 pm

Not needing anything separate would be soooo much easier. Might up the number and just put them in with the hermit's

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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by EadvEnturEs » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:37 pm

I honestly don't have the patience for it. I'm planning out a 65G now and will start by ordering and adding a whole batch of 100. If I decide their population ever dips too low, I'll buy more. I don't want to manage a separate tank, but that's just me.


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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by Just Jay » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:38 pm

I wouldn't hate it but i dont necessarily have the space and any extra work is work away from my other pets lol

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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by EadvEnturEs » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:39 pm

Haha, totally understand. Do what's best for you. It's different for everyone.


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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by Just Jay » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:40 pm

EadvEnturEs wrote:Haha, totally understand. Do what's best for you. It's different for everyone.


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Re: Some Isopod questions

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NLindsey921 wrote:http://shop.bugsincyberspace.com/Isopods_c15.htm
Try this one. It's where I got mine.

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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by GotButterflies » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:39 am

It was a lot of fun raising the isopods at first. I enjoyed feeding them, seeing the first set of babies, etc. Then the holidays came and I became overwhelmed. They've done a great job cleaning up crab poo in my tank though. I'm much happier with them there. I don't get to see them as often, but my tank is very clean, so they are doing their job!! I just ordered a bunch more for my other tank from isopod connection. Stacy ships them beautiful, with care, and gave me samples of hermit crab food too.


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Re: Some Isopod questions

Post by Just Jay » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:20 pm

GotButterflies wrote:It was a lot of fun raising the isopods at first. I enjoyed feeding them, seeing the first set of babies, etc. Then the holidays came and I became overwhelmed. They've done a great job cleaning up crab poo in my tank though. I'm much happier with them there. I don't get to see them as often, but my tank is very clean, so they are doing their job!! I just ordered a bunch more for my other tank from isopod connection. Stacy ships them beautiful, with care, and gave me samples of hermit crab food too.


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im so excited to add some! now just thinking i should wait till i get my upgrade set together. i cant see any making it threw moving tanks.

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