Vinegaroon Cage Size

bluecatfish

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I have had a 1" Vinegaroon for about four months now. He's active, drinking, etc. However I haven't seen him eat. It could be that he's catching some of the dwarf white isopods I put in the tank, but I'm not really sure. It's a ten gallon setup and I'm wondering if it's too big for him to find his food and I should move him to a five gallon. Usually I keep his food in a bowl on one side of the tank that he can get in and out of but the feeders cannot.

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arizonablue

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If he's active I wouldn't worry about him too much. However, for a 1" invert a ten gallon does seem like a bit too much space. What are you feeding him? For a vinegaroon, a bowl is unnecessary. I feed mine crickets, and he seems to enjoy hunting them down all over the tank. Yours might not be as interested in prey that can't move around as much.
 

bluecatfish

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I've tried isopods larger than the dwarf whites, dubia, crickets, mealworms, hornworm, and waxworm. Cricket escaped the bowl but was found dead in tank uneaten. I will try offering crickets again though... I've only offered them maybe twice.

I plopped him in the ten because I had one available, but maybe I will transfer him to a five and see how he does. It will require some juggling, but it's doable.
 

WeightedAbyss75

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I got one a few months back that is about 1.5" with tail. Mine is housed in a (medium?) KK about 8" by 3" by 6" just eyeballing it. Does really well in that. A 10 gal is way to big for an 1"
vinegaroon. May have problems finding food, but as long as the abdomen is a decent size then it probably isn't a huge problem. If you decide to keep it in there, maybe try tong feeding? My slow scorps seem to prefer it, as red runners are a little fast for them. Any pics of the vinegaroon or the enclosure?
 

Aquarimax

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I recommend a smaller enclosure.
For my young vinegaroons, I went to the dollar store and got some containers that are about 10 inches long, 8 inches tall, and about 5 inches deep. I cut a section out of the lids, and covered it with fine-weaved chiffon fabric. They don't seem cramped at all, and the enclosures cost me a dollar each. I'll replace them once the 'roons grow a bit, of course.

One is in a chamber against the side, and seems to be preparing for a molt, the other is awake and hungry! It goes after crickets voraciously!
Here is one of them hunting, shortly after I got it. I have since moved them into the enclosures mentioned above.

 
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