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Salmon Isopods (Cubaris sp.)

Salmon Isopods (Cubaris sp.)

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Cubaris salmon isopods for sale

The Cubaris sp. 'Salmon' Martinique isopods are one of the rarest species of isopods and have unique appearances. Due to its rarity, these species are not found everywhere. These species are endemic to the Caribbean region and are beginner-friendly. 

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods: Key Points

  • Scientific Name: Cubaris sp. 
  • Temperature Range: 71℉-80℉
  • Breeding Rate: Moderate
  • Place of Origin: Martinique, France
  • Size: 1.6 cm
  • Rareness: High
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Humidity Range: High
  • Preferred diet: dead plants, leaves, algae, sweet potato
  • Supplements in Addition: Calcium powder, cuttlefish bone

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods Isopods: Abstract

Salmon Isopods are one of the cutest species among other Cubaris sp. These are native to the Martinique region of France. Due to its striking salmon-like hue and shape, this naturally formed morph of cubaris species is rare to find. These creatures are a great addition to the vivarium and terrariums. 

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods: Appearance and Characteristics

  • These species have a thick exoskeleton and have the ability to conglobate or roll up.
  • These species grow up to 1.6 cm in length.
  • These creatures are nocturnal in nature and prefer foraging for food at night. 
  • Has a deep orange-pinkish color. Due to its color and shape, it resembles the salmon on sushi. 
  • They breed throughout the year and produce a decent number of broods.
  • These species are tolerant to extreme temperatures and are beginner and kid-friendly.
  • These species consume dead plants and algae. They are not picky eaters and, therefore, eat vegetables as well. 
  • These species are naturally from the region with high humidity. 
  • These species are not found everywhere and are endemic to the Caribbean Sea area of Martinique. 

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods: Diet

These species are not picky eaters and they pretty much eat anything for nourishment. When cultured in an enclosure, providing a balanced diet is important. Therefore add vegetables like potato, vegetable scraps and leafy veggies into the enclosure. 

These species require a protein- and calcium-rich diet for a healthy exoskeleton and molting. Providing fish food flakes and meat scrap may provide protein, and adding calcium powder or crushed oyster shells provides calcium. Make sure to feed them twice a day for optimum health and healthy offspring. 

Make sure to feed these species only the necessary amount of food that can be completed in a single sitting. Overfeeding the isopod with food may attract pests; therefore, it is crucial to monitor portions of the diet. 

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods: Basic Care

  • For the enclosure, using a plastic box of 6 qt may be suitable. Glass enclosures can also be provided for those who like to watch them explore the environment and foraging. 
  • Locking tubs can be provided to prevent these species from escaping and to maintain moisture. 
  • Provide small holes around the enclosure. Make sure to provide fewer holes, as these species require high moisture. 
  • It is important to maintain high humidity inside the enclosure. When maintaining, mist ¾ th of the enclosure.
  • These species appreciate darkness; therefore, make sure to store them in a dark place away from sunlight.
  • Add dried leaves that are cleaned with water to ensure that there are no pesticides or any other chemicals present.
  • Add moss into the enclosure for the isopods to hide and also eat as a snack. Add rotten wooden bark into the enclosure for the colonies to hide. 
  • Provide calcium supplements into the enclosure and make sure their calcium requirement is fulfilled.  
  • Por protein adding dried fish flakes and earthworm castings into the enclosure. 

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods: Habitat

The Cubaris sp. Salmon Isopods are originally from the tropical regions of France. They are found in areas with high moisture and less ventilated areas. Therefore, when providing an enclosure, it is crucial to replicate their natural habitat.

For the enclosure, a shoebox-size quantity made of plastic or glass is suitable. Since these have moderate breeding rates and have small to average broods, this size is suitable for these critters. 

However, when inside the container or enclosure, make sure there aren't too many air ventilation holes. Many air holes may result in a decline in interior humidity, causing problems for the isopods.

Also, giving them a variety of options for burrowing deep is beneficial. They are known to be good burrowers. They strive to keep their bodies moist by burrowing and hiding deep. To make sure there is enough ground cover for them to burrow deep, it is ideal to provide a thick substrate.

It's vital to remember that the excessive humidity inside the cage typically attracts pests. To prevent pests, adding springtails can be a great companion for the isopods. These help to prevent mold, thus keeping the enclosure clean. 

The Salmon Isopods breed throughout the year. To maintain optimum health and breeding, it is important to maintain the temperature of the enclosure. For these species, make sure to maintain an ideal temperature of around 22℃ to 27℃.

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods: Substrate Mix

For these species, it is important to make sure that the substrate mix retains moisture and supports micro climate inside the enclosure. Therefore it is recommended to provide ABG Mix as the base for the enclosure. 

ABG mix helps to balance the elements, such as better drainage, great water retention capabilities, and the capacity to retain nutrients, and it lasts long. The ABG mix consists of:-

  • Sphagnum moss
  • Orchid Bark
  • Tree fern fiber
  • Charcoal
  • Peat Moss

When adding ABG Mix into the enclosure, make sure to provide thick bedding. Salmon Isopods like to dig to retain their moisture; therefore, it is important to provide 3-4 inches of thickness to the substrate. 

These species like to hide during the day and forage during nighttime. Therefore, provide organic hides like coconut shells, lotus pods, and egg crates. These hides help to form their individual colonies and prevent competition among other males. When making the enclosure spread some calcium powder or cuttlebone and earthworm castings into the enclosure for nutrition. 

In the end, add plenty of dried rotten leaves into the enclosure. Mist the enclosure and make sure that the humidity gradient should be three parts wet and one part dry. 

Following the above methods will help to provide a healthy culture of isopods that is thriving in the artificial setting. 

Cubaris Sp. Salmon Isopods: Precaution

There are two types of Salmon Isopods available: one belongs in the sea and is parasitic in nature, and the other is a harmless terrestrial creature. Therefore, when investing in these isopods, make sure to be well-informed and purchase from well-reputed websites. 

 

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