By this point, the next generation of Drosophila are hatching, ready to be fed once again. Is there such a thing as too many springtails in a vivarium lol I added microfauna to my vivarium at the beginning of September and the hope was to let it seed for about a month before I add frogs. Then, as I run out, I move on to the springtails for a week or two. The springtails are an important food source for other small animals. Live vivarium substrate will sustain plant life, mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial microbes, and resist breaking down long-term. Springtails attract surface-feeding fish, small frogs, and invertebrates. They feed on mold, fungi, pollen, algae and decaying matter (decaying roots, plants, etc. Springtails are minute, primitive, wingless insects classified in the Order Collembola. A good live vivarium substrate is a critical element which helps ensure Isopods can establish & maintain a population within an enclosure long term. Springtails make a great live food, as well as a great cleanup crew in a vivarium. Some Quick Tips About Springtail Culturing. I have "black jungle tropical springtails" but for some reason, they culture poorly isolated from frogs. This will help flush out any excess waste material, and nutrient build up. My own personal preference, for tiny dart frogs, is a combination of fruit flies and springtails. Soil Mites – Another common mite in your vivarium, these mites are 100% harmless and have very similar breakdown adaptations to the springtails and isopods, making them a positive force in the vivarium. I was wondering what the best substrate to use to establish springtails. Alternatively, springtails can be used to feed small animals and even surface eating fish because they float on water. I set up my first ever bioactive vivarium last night (bio dude terra firma for a temperate biome of a Cali king snake) and I am going to wait 3 weeks for it to cycle before adding my snake. In my experience, I find it beneficial to fully flood an established springtail culture from time to time. Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 13, 2007. When I feed my vivarium, I tuck half a grape, a bit of apple, small piece of banana, or a chunk of leftover, frozen jack o lantern from halloween, deeply into my leaf litter. Show me a vivarium without mites, and I'll show you a hobbyist in need of a pair of glasses. 1,264 Posts . Regularly you see that a springtail has become a victim of another animal like: spiders, mites, pseudoscorpions and a fly. I added a culture of springtails and plan to add isopods in the next few days. One of the most notable features about the springtail that makes them ideal for terrariums is their diet. I tend to buy a tub of each, feeding the adult fruit flies initially. ). I say I feed my vivarium, but I've also stated that I don't do feeding stations. I've had this problem with one type of springtail. 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