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Clean up crews eating molting inverts?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by SoniceSoap, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. SoniceSoap

    SoniceSoap Arachnopeon

    So I just saw a post on here about a poor little scorp getting attacked by powder blue isopods while molting, and then the springtails took advantage of the injuries and ate it.
    Looking at this thread I saw a lot of people saying that the powder blues specifically were naturally more aggressive than other isopod species.
    This problem could've maybe been caused by the container being kept a little to clean and just not having much for the isopods to eat, but it is still quite worrying and I know these things have happened to owners before.

    So with that being said, is there a difference in aggression when it comes to isopod species? And if so, what would be the best species to use for clean up crews when it comes to housing inverts?
    (Also population control so they aren't underfed by being too abundant)
  2. AzJohn

    AzJohn Arachnoking Old Timer

    I’ve kept dwarf white isopods with tarantula slings. I never had any one get eaten.
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  3. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

    Im assuming you mean porcelionides pruinosus- in that case, yes, they are quite ravenous and will attack molting critters. Not a good cleanup crew. They could probably also infect other isopoda with wolbachia, a parasite that hijacks their development, resulting in parthenogenic females
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  4. bobthehobo9

    bobthehobo9 ArachnoPilot Old Timer

    Dwarf whites and springtails have always worked well for me. Never had any issues with them.
  5. ive seen lots of porcellio species attacking inverts in videos n stuff since they seem to love protein and some suggest opportunistic. I keep dwarf whites with my scolopendra spinosissma and there arent enough in there to bother her but i am going to start taking out the ones i see or switching substrate entirely.
  6. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

    the dwarves are okay they seem much more interested in decomposed stuff.
  7. SoniceSoap

    SoniceSoap Arachnopeon

    Wow I've never heard of Wolbachia, thanks for telling
  8. My isopods happily snack on t moults, so I don't see why they wouldn't go after a T.
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