Cubaris sp. Jupiter Isopod Care Guide
The Cubaris sp. Jupiter Isopods, hailing from the Tropical rainforests and caves in Thailand, are another outstanding species of Isopods.
They exhibit an exceptionally beautiful yellow-colored body, and blue-purple segmentation which is a bit dark from their head to their rump area, however, they can exhibit several other varieties of colors, ranging from pale brown to deep orange.
The Cubaris sp. Jupiter isopods are a top pick for a clean-up crew for any bioactive vivarium or terrarium. They are on the list of isopods that are easy to breed. They are suitable for intermediate breeders who have been in the field of breeding isopods for some time.
Size, Appearance, and Behavior
As stated earlier, they are one of the most beautiful rolling Cubaris isopod species. They have a yellow body and a beautiful blue-purple segment or gradient in the middle.
The average length of the adult gets to a standard of 2 cm. They possess the typical traits of Thai Isopods.
They are sensitive to the slightest disturbance and tend to run into hiding when they sense an external intrusion, particularly humans.
The Jupiter isopods prefer hiding in dark places, and they are rarely seen on the surface of the vivarium of terrariums.
They are also highly active cleaners for bio-active enclosures. Because of their color, they are now bred as show animals.
Caring for Cubaris sp. Jupiter Isopod
The Jupiter Isopods do not have any peculiar needs, as they can survive in conditions suitable for any regular isopod.
The Jupiter Isopods are not in want of so much space, a small terrarium or a box enclosure of around five liters would suffice in breeding them.
Their special needs in a habitat include a cork bark where they can hide easily and a calcium source – sepia shells or pieces of limestone would suffice in this case.
They originate from limestone-rich caves, hence, breeders must ensure that the Jupiter isopods have an adequate supply of lime – for calcium – as it is part of their dietary needs.
A few inches of tropical rainforest soil (optionally, floral soil or unfertilized compost) blended with white-rot wood and limestone is just right for the substrate.
The substrate is the primary source of food for all isopods, hence, you must ensure that it is of good quality. It’s also important to keep the surface a bit damp, but not overly wet. In any event, logging of water should be avoided at all costs.
For optimal moisture retention, low foliage and some moss are recommended. The isopods can hide in leaves, moss, bark, roots, and wood, in addition to bark, roots, and wood.
The Jupiter isopods like other isopods require a high protein and calcium diet. Their main diet consists of white rotten wood and fermented leaves. They can be offered fruits and vegetables as special treats.
Temperature and Humidity
The temperature demand of the Jupiter Isopods should not exceed 80 F° and the humidity should be between 70-90%. Their rate of reproduction and development is dependent on these factors.