Short care sheet for Cubaris sp. “Panda King”:
Size: 1,2 cm
Difficulty Level: Easy
Cubaris sp. Panda King inhabits mountain parts of Vietnam and so prefer pretty stable and moist environment. In comparison to many other isopods they are very slow growing species – they may need 1-1.5 years to reach maturity.
They are great destructors of dead wood, old leaves and almost any other organic stuff, so you will need to provide them with similar mix in captivity – dead white wood of deciduous trees like oak, leaf litter of oak, maple, asp etc mixed with forest humus (top layer of forest soil). Do not use any part of coniferous trees – it can be toxic for animals!
As addition to their ration slices of different vegs like Zucchini, Carrots, Cucumber etc can be used as well as fish food like high protein granules or flakes. Also they are readily feeding on dead insects which are good source of animal proteins too.
Another important thing to remember – as any crustacean for proper development and growth it need source of calcium, for example, piece of cuttlefish bone or piece of chalk (use just plain white one, not coloured!).
As they are living in humid environment ventilation must be good enough otherwise food you’ll put into isopods container will be spoiled by mould extremely fast (moulded food is dangerous for animals).
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