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Posted by hecktick_punker on May 06, 2003 at 07:27:42:
In Reply to: springtails posted by Randy27 on May 06, 2003 at 00:47:24:
I had great success culturing springtails a few years ago. I kept cultures in small plastic containers with about 1 to 2 inches of african violot potting soil on the bottom (the kind without vermiculite or perlite). The soil needs to stay very moist and I kept it so that there were almost little puddles forming on the soil. I sprinkled fish flake on top of the soil a few times a week for food and man did these cultures produce. In order to get the little bugs out of there I used a turkey baster and squeezed it to blow them off and into a feeding container, worked pretty well. If the springtails were to populate your vivarium I don't think there would be any problem, as far as I know they just break down decaying matter and would help take care of extra waste in the cage. Good luck!
:I'm thinking about culturing some springtails, but I'm curious as to whether these bugs will overpopulate my tinc viv over time. Any thoughts, suggestions? Any recipes for culture medium would also be great. Thanks