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Old 02-06-2010, 08:48 PM
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Where can I buy charcoal for springtail cultures?
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:04 PM
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you can buy the cowboy brand charcoal at places like home depot or lowes or at joshs frogs sells charcoal Josh's Frogs - 2 lbs of 1/2" charcoal - springtails
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:13 PM
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Walmart sells it too . . .

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whats actually the purpose of the charcoal....to absorb water of some kind of dietary carbon?
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:37 PM
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I've heard it's more about the pH . . .
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related to co2 in with the water ??
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I think charcoal is just for the simplicity of it. I get MUCH better production on coco or leaves, but its a bigger pain to get them out than the floding carcoal method. Im trying a cardboard method now, well see how that one goes



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Old 02-10-2010, 07:27 PM
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what do you put in with your leaves to feed them?

so what is the actual purpose of the charcoal <scratches head>
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I feed all my springs springtail food from eds flymeat.
It seems to me the charcoal is just for them to live in. I still feed them the same food



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ah i see thanks
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Well they live in decaying plant matter/wood which has a tendency to have an acidic pH. Charcoal also has a low pH but as was mentioned it is very easy to use. I used to keep my cultures in charcoal cultures but for the last year have been keeping them in large bins with the following:

Cocofiber
Vermiculite
Charcoal
Dead leaves (live oak, magnolia, ficus)
Sphagnum moss (dried)

This is all mixed and covered with large magnolia leaves and charcoal "bricks". I feed with bakers yeast, fresh mushrooms, and dry pasta. I've had a culture going for over a year and it is covered with springs. I feed from it daily. To feed I just pick up the large leaves and charcoal bricks and shake them into the viv/container.
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:23 PM
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kinda a giant culture... nice idea that!
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Good thread-

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/foo...-cultures.html

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thank you john...nice thread
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I received a mix culture of dwarf white isopods and springs. They were on coco fiber/coco chips/sphagnum/cardboard. They did really well for months but then everything died. I assume the springs gassed the culture because after I opened it it smelled like rotting or fermenting fruit and all of the isos were crawling towards the top before death. I opened it for a couple days and the springs came back. I collected some charcoal from the fireplace, I believe they were burning some type of pine or other soft coniferous wood and put about 1/8" of water in the bottom. Added fish flakes and rice. The springs I seeded it with are still alive but I haven't seen any production either. I dunno, I'll wait another week and see what happens.
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ill give you a spring culture when i see you next ryan



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Much appreciated. How did the tank move go?

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good, for a fully planted 55 gallon it was suprisingly light. All the gym time is paying off I guess :P



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I looked at walmart for charcoal, and could not find any...
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I looked at walmart for charcoal, and could not find any...
You should be able to find some at your local nursery/gardening supplier. It is used to balance the ph in soil and retain moisture while allowing for aeration and drainage. They don't carry the extra large variety but generally the 1/4" - 1/2" size.

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Here's a Charcoal thread of mine Dan.....should help.

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/foo...l-springs.html
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Try Home Depot or Lowes.. look for Cowboy Brand Charcoal.

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