There are numerous species of Isopods, ranging from tropical to temperate and even desert dwelling species.
What you will need:
*Culturing Container (Tote)
1. Drill several small holes into the top of the lid of your culturing container. The goal is to maintain some humidity, but not 100%. This helps with mold and fungi issues.
2. Place a mixture of bark, peat, coco, and leaf litter into your culturing container. Exact ammounts are not necessary.
3. Place a healthy amount of leaves on top of this mixture.
4. Place your isopds into the culture and watch them go!
I generally use isopods and janitors only, but once establishid in a vivarium, its likely a few will be eaten by your frogs or inhabitants.
Spray your cultures down one a week litely to keep things moist. Isopods require moisture to breath. IF a culure gets too dry, you will start loosing isopods.
The damp leaf litter and bark in the substrate should provide plenty of food for your isopods, but you can offer them fish flake food, crished eggshell, and even cardboard! (make sure it is not treated or dyed)
A single culture should last a very long time, possible forever as long as proper conditions are maintained and additial food sources or substrate is provided.
Clean out the Culturing Container with a bleach/water solution to insure that no mites or mold spores are transferred into new cultures. Let the container completely dry before reusing.
I highly recommend using my overlap technique and/or creating multiple cultures to insure you always have food for your Frogs. Mites mold, and unexpected deaths can happen, no matter the precautions you take.
In my opinion, Mites are unavoidable. There will always be a few mites wandering around, but you can avoid outbreaks and culture crashes. Mites will not harm your Frogs.
Where do I get my Isopods?
I highly recommend ordering your Isopods from Southeasternfruitflies.com. They have great stock They have never sent me a culture with mite or mold problems. Check them out!
You may also be able to get Isopods from other hobbyists, or even culture wild species found in your area. I may also have Isopods available from time to time...
Isopods are actually a crustacean. The ones we use are terrestrial. They are commonly called Pillbugs, Sowbugs, and Woodlice.
They have 7 pairs of legs and are typically flat. They require moisture to breath so are often found in damp substrate.
Lifespan, size, and reproduction times depend on species, but most tropical species will reproduce quickly and will live several years. I started a culture of Isopods using about 10 adults and had about 30 babies running around a month later.