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01-14-2013 01:54 AM
Cavedweller That's mighty admirable of you! I'm still super paranoid about screwing anything up even thought my pedes all seem to be eating well.

I'm thinking they need deeper substrate. They've only got about 4 inches right now, and I suspect going deeper might encourage breeding. I'll probably pick up a brick of coir and prepare some more leaves.

Do you guys think freezing leaves for a day or two will sterilize them well enough? I'm kind of worried that boiling them might leech out some of the nutrients.
01-14-2013 12:59 AM
Fishies_in_Philly i would definitely have to research species and their requirements and availability, but i'm thinking i would lean towards the ivories. keep in mind though, it took me 6 months of researching before i decided to pull the trigger on dart frogs. i like to be very prepared before i do something. the animals health and welfare is first and foremost in my eyes
01-13-2013 10:55 PM
Cavedweller If I were you I'd definitely get at least two! They seem to appreciate the company, judging by how much time they spend next to/on top of each other. They're easy to sex too, so you can usually ask dealers for a male/female pair.

Any idea what species you'd get? Florida ivories are hardy and supposed to be very easy to breed. And since they're so small you don't need a very big tank.
01-13-2013 08:55 PM
Fishies_in_Philly my wife supports my hobbies (sort of...lol) in here mind, out of sight, out of mind....lol

that's very cool that their care requirements are about the same as roaches. i may have to look into one or two of these fascinating little creatures
01-13-2013 06:05 AM
Cavedweller Is she less than thrilled about your roach collection? If so, I'm impressed that she tolerates it.

Thanks! I really hope the species becomes more common/popular. I've never kept either of these species before, but they're both considered pretty hardy I think. Millipedes are pretty low maintenance.

Most species have similar care (excluding special cases like desert-dwelling species). They like about 75% humidity, and they need a layer of dirt to burrow in. The pinkleg is arboreal so he's supposed to have some branches to climb on (though the ivories are using them much more).

They're somewhat social and prefer to be in close proximity to other millipedes, and you can generally mix species without issue (though they may eat each other's eggs).

They mostly eat rotten leaves/wood. They also appreciate soft fruits/vegetables. I've been feeding them apple lately, but I hear they LOVE cucumber. Cuttlebone and dry dog food are also considered good supplements.

A lot of species are basically pet holes. Mine are most active around midnight, but my preferred bedtime is 6 AM so this is less of a problem for me.
01-13-2013 03:15 AM
Fishies_in_Philly they are very cool. i was actually considering getting a millipede before i decided on the roaches. i have an unhealty (as my wife says) obsession with madagascar, and since they are Mad. hissing cockroaches, it made sense...LOL

you millipedes are cool. i love the pink leg. how's their difficulty of care? what do they feed on?
01-13-2013 03:12 AM
Cavedweller Oh, ok! I figured they went under herps. I haven't kept amphibians in several years. I absolutely adore salamanders, though. If I ever keep phibs again, I would probably go for axolotls.
01-13-2013 02:44 AM
Fishies_in_Philly Sorry phibs=amphibians.....lol
01-13-2013 02:40 AM
Cavedweller Absolutely. I'm not sure what "phibs" are, but I probably agree. I've never kept roaches (pretty sure my apartment manager would take issue with that), but I am especially fond of question mark and domino roaches. If I ever keep some that's probably what I'll get.

Alright, that makes me feel significantly less ashamed of my sorry tank. I'll definitely take take more pics and show it off once the plants fill in.

Yeah, the saran wrap sounds like a good idea. I'll do that tonight.
01-13-2013 02:06 AM
Fishies_in_Philly lol....gotta love bugs, herps, and phibs, they all go against everything we are told about them. each and every one is an individual and they let us know it. i'm in the process of setting up a hissing cockroach viv. if figured i might as well keep some as pets since they will be feeding my frogs so well.....LOL

very cool 'pedes. and don't worry, the viv will look better once your plants grow in. no viv looks amazing from the start, they look amazing a year from now

to get your humidity up, block off some of the screen top with plexi or saran wrap, you may have to seal off some of the front vent as well to get it where you like it.
01-12-2013 09:25 AM
Cavedweller Hahaha. Thanks, I guess? I happen to think millipedes are utterly adorable, but even the good people (tarantula hoarders) of arachnoboards tend to get but people tend to get weirded out by all the legs.

The tank is 18 x 18 x 18 inches, about 24 gal I think. My arboreal pinkleg has been staying on the ground, while the burrowing Florida ivories have been climbing all the way to the top of the tank! I think I may have gotten a defective batch of bugs...
01-12-2013 06:13 AM
Elppan Yuck! I love them! Lol so creepy and awesome. How big a tank is that?

Sent from my phone, in the land of magical unicorns and rainbows!
01-12-2013 05:04 AM
Cavedweller High five accepted! Yeah, I have to head to Arachnoboards to see much more stuff about bug care.

The sheet moss is looking awful, and I suspect it's gonna die off (though the millipedes are certainly enjoying nibbling on the dead bits). Fortunately, the baby tears seems to be doing really well, and the weeping fig seems fine too.
01-11-2013 06:03 PM
ZLogic I think this is the only insect build i've seen on this forum. High five to you! Although i'll let you keep the millipede, i'm not a big fan of creepy crawlies lol.
01-10-2013 05:48 AM
Cavedweller The Florida ivories are about 3-4 inches long.

The pinkleg is about 6 inches.


Everyone's hiding in the tank right now. Hopefully the pinkleg will actually use all the climbing branches I put in there for him once he settles in. He kept climbing the underside of the temporary tank's lid, so I figured he wanted more climbing stuff.
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