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  1. I have a small breeding group of Porcellio hoffmannseggi, maybe about 50 in all. They have been doing fine for several months, but now, about once a week I find one or two dead on their backs. I recently found one dying, kept flipping over. The dead (or dying ones) are a little discolored (cream instead of white edges). This happens to large adults and medium sized juveniles, I haven't seen it with smaller ones. They have a screen lid, substrate is Coco Coir, about 25% of the sweater box size container is kept moist. I feed them something moist (beetle jelly, or veggies), fish food, reptile calcium powder. They have dead hardwood leaves and dead sphagnum moss. There is cork bark and a few other wood pieces in there. What do you think needs fixing? My current guess, is maybe drier substrate and/or more food (I often find they have eaten all their food, while my other isopod species have a little left over). I don't want to slowly lose my whole Porcellio hoffmannseggi colony! Please help!
  2. That would make sense, since they like dryer conditions. Thanks again!
  3. You know . . . that's something I wouldn't have thought of! Thanks for that Hisserdude! What is their natural habitat anyway? Are they cave dwellers?
  4. Why is Cubaris murina called the "Little Sea Isopod"? Are these found by the ocean?
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    Little Sea Isopod by the ocean?

    That's hilarious! Thanks Orin. 😁
  6. Some people pour boiling water into the substrate. You can also bake it . . . I believe 2 hours at 250 degrees, but be sure the substrate your baking is moist or it will burn, and set off all your fire alarms. Whatever you choose to do, be careful with boiling water and with baking flammable stuff. Good Luck!
  7. I have an opportunity to get some Cholla Wood for my isopods. Can you think of any benefit or drawback that may come of it's use?
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    Cholla (Cactus) Wood?

    I can see how getting them out would be difficult, but I don't mess with them too much anyway. Thanks for the reply!
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    Have you ever tried feeding Avocado to roaches or isopods?
  10. I'd like some solid care info on Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi. Is there a good link? Or, please tell how you keep yours.
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    Mulberry, grape, fig, hibiscus leaves?

    I've never tried any of those leaves, . . . but I know that . . . Mulberry leaves (fresh and dried) are often used as food for aquarium shrimp. Also they are the sole food for silkworms. Hibiscus petals and hips are used by humans to make tea and they are used as food for hermit crabs. Grape leaves are eaten by humans . . . fig leaves are used by humans to cover their privates. 😋 I imagine they would all be safe for roaches, but in doubt, test it out on 1 or two roaches. Be sure to let us know the results! 🙂 .
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    Are sweetgum and magnolia pods safe for roaches?

    I've read on (poison frog forums) that they are used by isopods. They will hide in them and eventually eat them if kept moist.
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    That's a good thought. If I split them: Would it be better to have (Group A) of 3 males and (Group B) 1 male with 5 female and the 3 or 4 juveniles. Or with (Group A) consisting of 3 males with 3 or 4 juveniles and (Group B) 1 male with 5 females?
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    So I checked my male/female ratio today. I have 9 adults and 4 are male 5 are female. There are about 3 or 4 juveniles with them (Actually, I found one of the females guarding a group of manca, so my numbers are already going up!) too. Should I remove some of the males, or does that male/female (and juvenile) ratio seem safe?
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    I didn't take it as rude. If my mistake makes people laugh, than I'm good with it. That's the bit of info I needed to know. Great details!!! Thanks!
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    That matches up (much more) with what I've got setup. lol Some real good details for their care (lost of surface area, removing males, etc.). Know of a photo source for sexing males and females? If you can find people that will think its funny, go for it! I'm just glad that we actually have 2 "care sheets" combined into one thread. Hopefully this will be able to help out those looking for isopod info! ~~~~~~Thanks everyone! .
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    Aww man . . . what a ridiculous oversight! I've been keeping bugs for over 20 years . . . just goes to show that even us 'old timers' can make a super rookie mistake! Thank you for pointing that out . . . yes, I've been meaning to type Porcellio hoffmannseggi this whole time . . . Guess that brings me back to my original question . . . Any good care info or links for Porcellio hoffmannseggi?
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    A friend just game me some of these huge isopods! I think I've got them setup right, now I just need to get some wood for them . . . but I don't have a Tractor Supply store near me. Is there anything from Home Depot that will do? Maybe their "Traeger Signature Blend Wood Pellets - a blend of hickory, maple, and cherry hardwoods" ? What do you think?
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    Happy Easter 2020!

    🐰 Happy Easter!🐇 I don't have kids, so I hid eggs for my girlfriend. 😋 😊
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    Does the rotten wood need to be moist or dry? Or does it matter?
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    Platyarthrus hoffmannseggi Care?

    Huh! That's the first I've heard about them needing rotten wood. Very interesting. I've also read that they need a very dry setup with just a corner that's moist, and a lot of ventilation. Seem about right?
  22. Anyone feed used tea leaves to their isopods? I have non-caffeinated leaves (like mint tea, hibiscus tea, etc.) and caffeinated leaves (like green and black teas) too. Will the used tea leaves be a beneficial food for isopods? Will is somehow be harmful? What are your experience and thoughts?
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    Feeding Tea Leaves to Isopods

    I went ahead and tired using tea leaves . . . they ate them all.
  24. I have various teas that I use and I was wondering if roaches will eat the used tea leaves. Would the used tea leaves be beneficial for them, or might the leaves harm the roaches? I use mint teas, hibiscus teas, green and black teas.
  25. No, people can't even eat that.