Cubaris sp. White Shark Isopod Care Guide
One cannot say the reason why an isopod having three color patterns should be named a White Shark. However, the Cubaris sp. White Shark isopod is quite a fascinating isopod with its awesome looks.
They are an active species and are ever ready to reproduce, as long as they get the necessary conditions that could favor their development. Paying attention to these things would make the breeding process successful.
The Cubaris sp White Shark isopod is very small compared to other isopod species, it is however on the list of the most beautiful. They thrive in humid tropical habitats, they are also a very shy reclusive species. It is noted that once they are established in an enclosure, they get very prolific.
The White Shark isopod species originates from Thailand. It however breeds and thrives very well when compared to other Cubaris species and they can tolerate lower temperatures.
They love to eat decaying organic materials, tree bark, and a lot of calcium, as it is in abundance in their original habitat.
White Shark Isopod SIZE, APPEARANCE, AND BEHAVIOR
The White Shark isopod is also called Dwarf Isopods. They are one of the smallest species of Isopods. They enjoy burrowing into the substrate, as it aids their breeding and molting.
The White Shark isopod has a preference for a very humid environment but also enjoys a dry side, typically 80% humid – 20% dry. White Shark Isopods could take about one month to get established in an enclosure, but once they are established, they’ll begin to breed and reproduce excellently.
CARING FOR CUBARIS SP. WHITE SHARK ISOPOD
A standard vivarium or terrarium having ventilation holes is just right for breeding the White Shark isopod. Limestone and oak leaves should be a major component of their habitat.
The substrate for breeding the White Shark isopod should be a couple of inches of thickly layered hummus, could be an unfertilized flower or from compost soil, and a blend of rotten white wood and lime.
The substrate for any isopod is the primary source of food and as such, keen attention should be paid to making sure it is standard. The substrate must be maintained a little damp, and carefully stabilized so it doesn’t go dry. Excess water could be a challenge, hence logging of water should be avoided at all costs.
The substrate can also contain a layer of leaves of oak, beech, maple, and chestnut as well as some moss. This will ensure better retention of moisture. Making bark, roots, wood, leaves, and moss available would also serve as good hiding spots for the Isopods.
Cubaris sp. White Shark originates from caves having calcium in abundance, hence, a sufficient supply of limestone must always be provided.
The White Shark has a slight nutritional demand, in contrast to other Cubaris species. This species of isopod has an elevated protein demand. Protein must be a factor to be considered when they are fed and given treats. They will eat fruits and vegetables and typical foods consumed by other Isopods.
Temperature and Humidity
Although the White Shark isopod can thrive in lower temperatures, the temperature needs should also not be neglected.
The temperature should be within the range of 20 and 28 °C and the humidity should range from 70-to 90%. The rate of reproduction and development of this species relieature, hence, the better the reproduction, the higher the temperature.