Isopod tips and tricks.

Hisserdude

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Besides the staple diet of dead leaves supplemented with dog/cat food, fruits and veggies, no, they don't really need anything special. Potting soil or coconut fiber works fine as a substrate, and as long as they have lots of decaying hardwood leaves available, most species should breed well for you.

Of course there are exceptions, some rarer species have been entering the hobby lately that have more specific care requirements, but for the majority of the commonly kept isopods, husbandry is rather straightforward. :)
 

Arachnomaniac19

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Besides the staple diet of dead leaves supplemented with dog/cat food, fruits and veggies, no, they don't really need anything special. Potting soil or coconut fiber works fine as a substrate, and as long as they have lots of decaying hardwood leaves available, most species should breed well for you.

Of course there are exceptions, some rarer species have been entering the hobby lately that have more specific care requirements, but for the majority of the commonly kept isopods, husbandry is rather straightforward. :)
I'm just looking for some tips to make them healthier, breed faster, etc.
 

Hisserdude

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I'm just looking for some tips to make them healthier, breed faster, etc.
Really just make sure they have a bunch of dead leaves available, and that'll keep them breeding and healthy. Not sure there's anything else you could do to speed up their development.
 

SlugPod

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I don't think there's anything you can do to make them breed faster + grow up faster.
Just keeping them in the proper conditions will take care of everything.

Some species have slower growth rates whereas others grow faster therefore start reproducing faster.
If you're looking for faster breeding, you'd have to get a species that grows faster. They don't necessarily produce in mass numbers but they reproduce faster.
I believe Porcellio scaber have high reproduction rates.
 

blacksheep998

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Seconding P. scaber for fast reproductive rates.

My first F1 cross between the orange and dalmatian color morphs was born April 8th, 2015. I'm sure on that date because I had just the one female by herself in the container and was checking her daily to see when her eggs hatched.

I saw the first of the F2 generation on August 19th of the same year. I'm not sure the exact date they were born but it can't have been more than a couple days prior to that. So that's only 4 months for new hatchlings to produce their own offspring.
 

BobBarley

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Really just make sure they have a bunch of dead leaves available, and that'll keep them breeding and healthy. Not sure there's anything else you could do to speed up their development.
Question: Could isopods sustain themselves off of just rotted hardwood, or do they absolutely need rotted hardwood leaves?
 

Hisserdude

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Question: Could isopods sustain themselves off of just rotted hardwood, or do they absolutely need rotted hardwood leaves?
For reproduction, they pretty much absolutely need rotten leaves. They may produce a few offspring without leaves and can certainly survive without them, but for good, consistent reproduction and decent sized litters, most isopods need rotten leaves.
 
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