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. They feed on mold, fungi, pollen, algae and decaying matter (decaying roots, plants, etc. I say I feed my vivarium, but I've also stated that I don't do feeding stations. Springtails make a great live food, as well as a great cleanup crew in a vivarium. 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. 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. Show me a vivarium without mites, and I'll show you a hobbyist in need of a pair of glasses. 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. I added a culture of springtails and plan to add isopods in the next few days. Regularly you see that a springtail has become a victim of another animal like: spiders, mites, pseudoscorpions and a fly. Springtails are minute, primitive, wingless insects classified in the Order Collembola. 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 … Live vivarium substrate will sustain plant life, mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial microbes, and resist breaking down long-term. I have "black jungle tropical springtails" but for some reason, they culture poorly isolated from frogs. I tend to buy a tub of each, feeding the adult fruit flies initially. I've had this problem with one type of springtail. My own personal preference, for tiny dart frogs, is a combination of fruit flies and springtails. This will help flush out any excess waste material, and nutrient build up. Springtails and Isopods will also outcompete them and eventually dwindle their population to almost non-existent in your vivarium. They are applied in the terrarium hobby as food for small frogs and you can even buy them commercially, special bred as frog food. 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. One of the most notable features about the springtail that makes them ideal for terrariums is their diet. 1,264 Posts . By this point, the next generation of Drosophila are hatching, ready to be fed once again. 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. Alternatively, springtails can be used to feed small animals and even surface eating fish because they float on water. ). Discussion Starter • #1 • Apr 13, 2007. A good live vivarium substrate is a critical element which helps ensure Isopods can establish & maintain a population within an enclosure long term. Springtails attract surface-feeding fish, small frogs, and invertebrates. Some Quick Tips About Springtail Culturing. In my experience, I find it beneficial to fully flood an established springtail culture from time to time. I was wondering what the best substrate to use to establish springtails. They float on water the springtails for a week or two n't do stations... 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