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Old 07-07-2011, 11:33 PM
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How long can springtails live without being fed?
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:51 PM
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you mean in a viv? as long as you have leaf litter, animal waste, etc building up you don't ever have to feed them.


but if you mean a culture or shipping container...i dont know
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How long can springtails live without being fed?
Supposedly they can live for years in cultures without being fed. This was a thread I came across today. This person hadn't opened his culture in 7 months and it looked like his culture was doing fine.

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Supposedly they can live for years in cultures without being fed. This was a thread I came across today. This person hadn't opened his culture in 7 months and it looked like his culture was doing fine.

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now, it' true, i actually found they did better being ignored, although apparently the secret is shredded paper...since it's all gone now...lol
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I forget to feed mine often, but they really do well with food with mold on it in their deli cup.
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I dumped some charcoal and water from a crashed culture into a bucket a few months ago. The other day I went to dump out the bucket and it was swimming with springtails.
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now, it' true, i actually found they did better being ignored, although apparently the secret is shredded paper...since it's all gone now...lol[/QUOTE]
what's with the shredded paper?
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now, it' true, i actually found they did better being ignored, although apparently the secret is shredded paper...since it's all gone now...lol
what's with the shredded paper?
it molds, breaks down, and feeds the microfauna...i made the cultures around 1/2 shredded paper, left them for 7 months, and now it's all dirt, springs and iso's
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so you didn't use charcoal? reason why I'm asking is i ordered the tropical springtails with charcoal from Josh's. will adding some shredded paper to the charcoal help?
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Depends on what you culture... I wouldn't bother with paper for springs, charcoals fine... But for iso's or mixed cultures, I highly recommend it...
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well if i venture from spring's i will keep that in mind, thanks.
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