We culture our isopods in a warm, moist mixture of sphagnum peat moss, oak/maple leaves and oak/maple bark. They're raised on a diet of fresh vegetables, high protein fish flakes, and the rich organic substrate in which they are bred. Our isopods are harvested, packaged and shipped the same day guaranteeing a fresh and lively arrival. Once harvested, isopods are placed in an 8 oz. deli container filled with moist paper towel.
Powder Blue Isopods
Powder Blue Isopods are a great addition to your terrarium/vivarium ecosystem as they serve multiple functions. First, they clean their environment by consuming leaf litter, animal feces, and dead plant material; their waste being a valuable source of nutrients for your plants. Second, they're great snacks for amphibians, lizards and other terrarium pets. Third, they're extremely active and fun to watch.
Powder Blue isopods are normally a purplish-brown color but develop a lustrous blue sheen just prior to molting. This beautiful waxy coloring both gives them their name and catches the eye of hobbyists and predators alike. Powder Blues may be the most active of any of the isopod species. They also burrow less and like to stay on top of the substrate hiding under leaves and bark.
They're very prolific once established and excellent feeders for frogs, lizards and other pets due to their soft exoskeleton (possibly the softest of all isopods). Powder Blues have a SOFT EXOSKELETON making them easier to digest than other species. They play an important function as soil nutrient cyclers while providing a secondary source of high calcium food for your pets. Isopods are omnivores. They feed on frass (poop), leftover bits of feeder or pray insects, dead and decaying plant matter, and pretty much anything else in or on the substrate.
- Color: Normally a bluish orange color but turn a lustrous blue just prior to molting
- Size: 6-15 mm
- Locality: Found naturally in warm, moist, humid marshlands
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Light: Dark, dim lighting with dark places to hide (i.e. under wood, leaves & soil)
- Temperature: 72-86 degrees Fahrenheit - low to mid-80's is best for breeding
- Humidity: 80-90%
- Behavior: Extremely lively, hardy, crawling
- Culturing: Slower to culture than dwarf species but easy nonetheless. Keep rich organic substrate warm & moist. Feed fresh vegetables and high protein fish pellets