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Old 05-10-2009, 12:56 AM
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Hi guys, quick question...

Ive heard that woodlice can be kept in Ts tanks to help with the upkeep (cleaning etc) and that they don't get eaten by the Ts.... does anyone know if this is true?? and is it ok to use the woodlice straight out of the garden?
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Yes, they can be used in T tanks. I use them in most of my heavey burrowers(haplos, trapdoors ect). It not advisable to use the ones in the garden as they may be carrying something and they get a bit big. The ones I use are the tropical ones (very small and white), but for the hell of it I cant remember their name. Will have a look in the morning. If you want some of these for T tanks I will be selling some in a month or so as I have a huge 2ft fish tank filled with them. I'm just waiting to populate a new tank before I start selling them.
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you can also use springtails.

But the enclosure you put springtails or tropical woodlice in has to be rather humid, so they wont work in say a G.rosea's enclosure. Something like any of the Haplo's and other asian T's, then also T.blondi. They'll be others too but the point is it has to be a humid enclosure for them to survive.

You can buy tubs of springtails here...

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I need to get me some isopods, so thank you Joey for the link!

They will coexist happily with Tarantulas. They don't bother the T, the T doesn't bother them, they just clean up after each other
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had wondered about the tropical ones, because my scorpions had mite a while back.
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Not that mites are actually a big problem... *has been converted*
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Not that mites are actually a big problem... *has been converted*
ah yes twas a good read. I was about to put a flamethrower to my exo lol, but I might leave it now. It's my only T with mites in the vivarium..well on outside lol. It's my GBB, although it's dry I imagine it's because sometimes I can't find the food bolus or crickets might get trapped somewhere in the webbing and not get eaten. Their small cream coloured mites, most are on the outside of the doors of the exo terra.
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Anyone knows where you can buy woodlice at all ?

Shops like Dartfrog only seem to sell cultures and I don't seem to have a lucky touch with "breeding" them ...
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Anyone knows where you can buy woodlice at all ?

Shops like Dartfrog only seem to sell cultures and I don't seem to have a lucky touch with "breeding" them ...
lol tropical ones are...impossible not too breed, just dump them in a humid enclosure and away you go, though using compost as sub rather then coco fibre bricks probably helps.
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[QUOTE=Gomjaba;4841600]Anyone knows where you can buy woodlice at all ? QUOTE]

Tarantulabarn has them in, £3:50 a tub I think.
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