Hi i’ve been wanting to buy some isopods but their food has always been a issue for me i dont know what i can feed them as the tutorials i’ve watched suggest crested gecko food and thats a little expensive but i also watched a video where the person was feeding their isopods dead roaches and i was wondering if you guys can give me cheap and easy ideas for isopods
Dead leaves from most trees. No, really.
Boil em for a bit to disinfect them, then when they are cooled, they make up cover and food. My isopods also like a little Springtail Food powder (which I bought from Josh’ Frogs I think). But naturally they are detritivores.
As far as I know: Any clean bits of vegetable, clean raw human-food-type mushrooms, or bits of dried bug meant for reptile food can be added, but mostly they eat dead leaves and bits of bark, layered in their substrate. (Anything you give them has to be organic/otherwise free of any residue or pesticides, so peel any fruits or veg, and boil any leaves and bark) Remove anything uneaten before it can grow mold. The dead leaves generally don’t but veg can get gross if left in the bin.
What about frozen bananas
Tropical fish flakes!
Mine eat dead leaves and reptile shed. Also when i feed my roaches bug burger i’ll break off tiny pieces and feed them that. But they very occasionally get stuff other than leaves, and they’re thriving!
Fish flakes dried shrimp and shrimp brine.
This is good to know because my Blue Death Feigning Beetles HATE the dried river shrimp in the Flukers turtle treat mix I feed them bugs from. They’ll eat mealworms, they LOVE crickets, but they won’t even touch the river shrimps. I’ll give those to the Armadillidium colony.
! Yep! There you go!
Thank you all for the food suggestions
It totally depends on the species. Some eat a lot of leaves but some prefer other things. Some like protein a lot, some don’t. Their care really does vary a lot depending on the species.
That’s really cool! It makes sense given their varying environments. I’ll have to see what things mine specialize in! I have Dwarf Whites and “Pillbugs” (Armadillidium vulgare)
Okay I don’t know if it was the armadillos who did it but i think it was the white dwarfs… I put a piece of shed in there and this morning they’d left nothing but the hardest scutes. They made it go bye bye in about 24 hours.
…I might try them on dried river shrimp.
I have put snake skin sheds in with my isopods as well as dried shrimp and fish flakes. I don’t think it matters what you feed isopods because they are a “cleanup crew” anyway. If they eat stuff like reptile poop I would think dried shrimp and fish flakes would be a delicacy to them! lol!
Yep! Perfect for isopods!