Springtails attract surface-feeding fish, small frogs, and invertebrates. They feed on mold, fungi, pollen, algae and decaying matter (decaying roots, plants, etc. They are applied in the terrarium hobby as food for small frogs and you can even buy them commercially, special bred as frog food. 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. 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. Some Quick Tips About Springtail Culturing. I say I feed my vivarium, but I've also stated that I don't do feeding stations. ). By this point, the next generation of Drosophila are hatching, ready to be fed once again. 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. Springtails are minute, primitive, wingless insects classified in the Order Collembola. In my experience, I find it beneficial to fully flood an established springtail culture from time to time. I've had this problem with one type of springtail. This will help flush out any excess waste material, and nutrient build up. Alternatively, springtails can be used to feed small animals and even surface eating fish because they float on water. I tend to buy a tub of each, feeding the adult fruit flies initially. I'm not joking either-- every time I culture them in a container and keep their substrate moist and feed them, they don't explode like … Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 13, 2007. Springtails make a great live food, as well as a great cleanup crew in a vivarium. Show me a vivarium without mites, and I'll show you a hobbyist in need of a pair of glasses. Well being where I live it was alot harder to get frogs than I thought but I have ordered some and I will be receiving some within the next two weeks. Then, as I run out, I move on to the springtails for a week or two. Live vivarium substrate will sustain plant life, mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial microbes, and resist breaking down long-term. My own personal preference, for tiny dart frogs, is a combination of fruit flies and springtails. I added a culture of springtails and plan to add isopods in the next few days. 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. Regularly you see that a springtail has become a victim of another animal like: spiders, mites, pseudoscorpions and a fly. 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