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mites are a huge part of wild pdf diet. I actually culture them purposefully. They are a great feeder. I culture them on coco coir, nice and moist. I put some leaves on top, and let the mites crawl all over, then just pick out a leaf, or clump of coir and toss it into the viv.
 

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depends on the toxicity of the detritovore mites. Since I have not even tried to ID them, I can't tell you if there is the ability for the frogs to sequester alkaloids etc. from them
 

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hmmm wouldnt that make the frog able to build up the natural alkaline poisons?

You would have to be supplying the mites with a food with the appropriate alkaloids for them to be able to squester it and you would have to have the right kind of detrivore mite... See for example
Oribatid mites as a major dietary source for alkaloids in poison frogs

SpringerLink - Journal of Chemical Ecology , Volume 32, Number 4 (you'll need to purchase access)

SpringerLink - Journal of Chemical Ecology , Volume 31, Number 10 (you'l have to purchase access)

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