We culture our isopods in a warm, moist mixture of peat moss, oak leaves and oak 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 our Powder Blue Isopods are packaged in 8 or 16 oz. deli containers (depending on qty ordered) filled with moist paper towels.
Powder Blue Isopods (Porcellionides, pruinosus)
Powder Blue Isopods are a great addition to your vivarium/terrarium ecosystem as they serve multiple functions. First, they clean their environment by consuming decaying leaf litter, animal feces, and dead plant matter; their waste being a valuable source of nutrients for plants. Second, they're great high calcium snacks for amphibians, lizards and other vivarium 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 gives them both their name and catches the eye of hobbyists and predators alike. Powder Blues may be the most active of any 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. 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 high calcium food source for your pets. They are omnivores and feed on frass (poop), left over bits of feeder or pray insects, dead and decaying plant matter, and pretty much anything else in or on your habitats substrate.
- Color: Normally a bluish orange color but turn a lustrous blue just prior to molting
- Size: 3-15 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 active and hardy
- Culturing: Easy to culture. Keep rich organic substrate warm & moist. Feed fresh vegetables, high protein fish pellets and/or Critters Direct Springtail & Isopod Food