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Isopod Breeding

kaciealissa

Arachnopeon
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May 15, 2020
Messages
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I’m looking to buy an isopod culture to keep with my Ivory millipedes but I’ve heard they reproduce fast. Is there any means of population control other than starting new cultures every few months? I only need them as a clean up crew😅 not looking to have so many bins full.
 

ReignofInvertebrates

Arachnoangel
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Dec 29, 2012
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828
If you choose a native species you could always release them. Another option is to keep something that eats them.
 

Lucky123

Arachnoknight
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Apr 14, 2020
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Depending on where you live you could try and find some wood louse spiders Dysdera crocata, they eat isopods, but probably won’t eat your millipedes.
 

DrippingPopsicle

Arachnopeon
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May 24, 2020
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I recommend having a separate tub where you culture your pods before adding them in with your millipedes, once they start breeding you can add the isopods in to act as a clean up crew. Also they wont really overpopulate, they are limited based on the size of the tub and how much food is available. Also add spring tails, they are a faster breeding more manageable cleanup crew.
 

Arthroverts

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I don't recommend keeping any isopods with millipedes; depending on the situation nothing may happen, or you may lose a lot of your millipedes due to predation by the isopods upon the young and molting.

There is also zero need to have a clean-up crew besides springtails in with millipedes so long as regular maintenance is performed. Millipedes and isopods often occupy the same ecological niche, so it'd be similar to just adding more millipedes.

Thanks,

Arthroverts
 

DrippingPopsicle

Arachnopeon
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I don't recommend keeping any isopods with millipedes; depending on the situation nothing may happen, or you may lose a lot of your millipedes due to predation by the isopods upon the young and molting.

There is also zero need to have a clean-up crew besides springtails in with millipedes so long as regular maintenance is performed. Millipedes and isopods often occupy the same ecological niche, so it'd be similar to just adding more millipedes.

Thanks,

Arthroverts
I completely agree with the same niche part, isopods are not required with millipedes
 

InvertNix

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Jul 23, 2020
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I agree I keep springtails with my bermese beauty millipedes and they are doing really well
 
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