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Old 08-30-20, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Roly-poly pill bugs suitable for bioactive setup?

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So i have just made a vivarium for three baby european common toads, that i would like to make into a bioactive setup so that the workload for it is lessened slightly. So my question, is if i can collect and safely use just the normal gray looking pill bugs (or roly-polys) i don't know if that is the correct name for them but i think you guys know what i mean. I believe they are a type of isopod, which is what most people use (along with springtails) for bioactive setups to my understanding. So any thoughts about using these for a clean up crew? By the way i am a complete beginner to all of this, and although i have done my research, i don't know a lot about this subject so feel free to correct anything i have wrong. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-30-20, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Roly-poly pill bugs suitable for bioactive setup?

I think you'll be fine. However you'll need to quarantine them in a separate enclosure for a few months to ensure there's nothing wrong with them and that they could bring anything into your toad set up.

I also dont know why other species are chosen over these ones. Could be they do less work.
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Re: Roly-poly pill bugs suitable for bioactive setup?

I started a colony of the regular grey pill bugs 10+ years ago. I've never kept another variety but these clean up waste well.
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Re: Roly-poly pill bugs suitable for bioactive setup?

Ok, thanks so much for the feedback! I figured i would need to quarantine them, but i am glad to know that they should work fine otherwise! And i will also definitely be monitoring everything closely before and after i put them in the tank.
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