Generally speaking, most isopods can be set up very similarly, though conditions will vary for every keeper based on location and climate. I’m going to walk you through how we keep our isopods.
Most containers will work fro used you can put in some way for air exchange to happen. The plastic containers we like are 8”x14”x3”. We use a soldering iron to burn holes all round the rim of the container and the lid. The amount of holes is up to you, but take into account your areas humidity. Here in Georgia we run about 50-60% so air circulation is more of an issue then say an area with really low humidity, where you’d want to hold in more moisture to keep your culture from drying out too fast. Lots of mold and isopods always on the dry side are a good indication you could use more circulation.
We use a good organic soil as a base and mix in fine orchid bark and fine charcoal for structure and moisture stability. Most species get about an inch to 1.5” of substrate.
On top of that, goes leaf litter, some cuttle bone, a few chunks of wood, and a handful of sphagnum on the designated wet side.
Watch your isopods. If they are hanging out on the wet side exclusively, they need more frequent watering. If exclusively on the dry side, water less and/or poke a few more holes in the container.
We keep our room between 70-75F. Some species can not tolerate heat extremes, such as the O. asellus who start to die off when temps get over 80. Others can’t handle cold extremes such as the tropical Asian species. This range has worked to keep everyone happy in our bug room.
We feed a variety of veggies: carrot, potato, sweet potato, corn husks, etc. We also feed all of our isopods Repashy bug burger. I try to place food in the transition zone between dry and wet.
If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us.