Isopod Substrate


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Free shipping on this heavy isopod substrate product. This product cannot ship by express mail due to weight. Shipping cost is built into the product cost. They ship ONLY by Priority Mail, a 2-3 day service by default, and usually separately from other products you order. Please plan accordingly.

New pet isopod keepers consistently underestimate the importance of the substrate in their pets’ tanks. A quality substrate is the single most important care factor in maintaining and growing your population of pet isopods. It is their primary food source. It is their shelter. It is their source for hydration. A good substrate provides all these things and any supplemental foods or other products are just that.

Please review my Pet Isopod Care Sheet for more information and photos.

This is the base material for captive isopods. Ships in a box that is approximately 11 inches by 8.5 inches by 5.5  inches and consists of soil, including composted materials, sand, sphagnum peat moss, and calcium carbonate. This is usually enough substrate to provide food for isopods cultures for maybe six months, depending on the size and number of individuals. It can be mixed in with your current substrate to freshen it up with all the healthy ingredients that may be depleted from it. $18. Free Shipping.

All organic material continues to decay through a natural process of decomposition via mold which you may or may not see. If mold forms as the substrate encounters all the native spores in the new environment (tank), it may be spot cleaned. The substrate may need to be turned over a bit. After a month or so the micro-ecosystem in your cage should come into balance. If you already have a seasoned cage set up, adding smaller amounts of our substrate to the tank over time will help to keep the current ecosystem in balance.

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Weight 14 lbs


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