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Isopods verses the ever elusive mold!


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12 years 3 weeks ago #44191 by Jake
Thank you for that information Stanley, really helps!!

I was tiring to think where I would go to find information on different kinds of mold.

I must say it is pretty cute to see the lady (L. parahybana) walking around with yellow shocks on, a bit worrying though. :lol:

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12 years 3 weeks ago #44200 by Leonard
I have been breeding isopods with the intention of them cleaning up things I might have missed. However I have never used them.

I do however keep the vivarium in which I breed the isopods, substrate moist as well as the wood inside their vivarium. Their main food source I feed them are potato peals which does grow mold real quick, and lettuce. I have however never seen mold on the potato peals so far. I also tried feeling them a Hisser that died of old age, that I had to cut open to see if they indeed feed on the roach. Well so far I have 3 uneaten roaches, and zero potato peals and lettuce.

I am still skeptic about adding them into my Tarantulas vivarium, even if they do clean it. But to be really honest. I would rather take time off and clean any vivarium, if needed. Most of the times I just remove uneaten food.

I will try and see if I will be able to do a photo session where I will be feeding them molded potato peal, but my question is if they are used to eating potato peals, and they do end up eating a molded peal, would that not just demonstrate that mold have no effect on them?


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12 years 2 weeks ago #44751 by Jake
So, the advice given by Stanley, I have started to grow mold,

I got rice mold, bun mold(bread), coffee mold and dry dog food mold.

Here are some of the mold pictures

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I also let the mushroom spores grow in the tank,the one in the start of the thread.
Just to see what happens, here are some updated pictures. :P

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12 years 2 weeks ago #44753 by Master Bater
HAHAHAHA!!! You now have a pet mushroom with a million tiny penises! :D

Ts:
0.2.0 B. Vagans (13cm)
1.0.0 L. Parahybana (16cm)
0.1.0 N. Chromatus (13cm)
1.0.0 A. Versicolor (11cm MM)
1.0.0 P. Faciata (17cm)
1.0.0 P. Regalis (16cm MM)
1.0.0 B. Boehmei (4cm)
0.0.1 B. Albopilosum (6cm)
0.0.1 B. Smithi (4cm)
0.0.1 B. Auratum (4cm)
0.0.1 P. Irminia (6cm)
0.0.1 A....

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12 years 2 weeks ago #44757 by ayal
That is the coolest looking mushroom ever, I would take the T out and leave the tank how it is just for the shroom :)

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12 years 2 weeks ago #44759 by Stanley A. Schultz

iclazion wrote: ... but my question is if they are used to eating potato peals, and they do end up eating a molded peal, would that not just demonstrate that mold have no effect on them?


Sure. It actually demonstrates several things:

1> They eat plant material but generally avoid meat (based on your test with the roach).

2> They will eat mold if given the opportunity.

3> At least some molds are relatively non-toxic to them.

Heckuva experiment!

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