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This is my first time buying a clay culture. I plan to let them grow for a bit since there's not that many. When I got the culture about a week ago, the clay was not cracked. But now it is and there's lots of condensation on the lid. Is this what's supposed to happen? Do I need to add any water?

I added a tiny bit of springtail food (the powder sprinkled in the corner. Not knowing if the clay is food, or if I have to feed them. Figured it couldn't hurt.

Is there anything else I need to do? Add water? Leave it alone? Do I need to feed or is the clay their food?
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Thats probably a lot of food since I don't really see any springtails, I would remove some. You should mist the clay(not soaked just moist). It does seem springtails will consume some clay in the right circumstances but you will need to need to supplement food. Active yeast, fish food, mushrooms, among others are good items to feed.
 

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Mist every 2 weeks or so, cracks indicate it is drying out a bit too much.
 

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Where did you get the culture from? If you don't mind me asking.
This came from Houston frogs. It's intended to be my starter culture that I'll begin seeding other clay cultures with. But I'm learning that I'm still learning 😂😂😂
 

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This came from Houston frogs. It's intended to be my starter culture that I'll begin seeding other clay cultures with. But I'm learning that I'm still learning 😂😂😂
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I would not buy cultures from them again. When you purchase a culture, especially a clay culture, they should be booming. Loss during shipment with charcoal cultures is pretty common but clay cultures ship well. There is at least one hobbyist selling great clay cultures.
 

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@Karen S. I would contact Houston Frogs. They would probably like to fix this for you. You shouldn't have to pay that much for 12 springtails.
 

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@Karen S. I would contact Houston Frogs. They would probably like to fix this for you. You shouldn't have to pay that much for 12 springtails.
@JasonE is correct, a clay culture should be absolutely booming. You should not be able to even think about counting how many are in there.
 

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@Karen S. I would contact Houston Frogs. They would probably like to fix this for you. You shouldn't have to pay that much for 12 springtails.
That's really helpful, thanks so much. I will give them a call. I honestly assumed it was normal & they needed to "grow in". Much appreciated!
 

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@JasonE is correct, a clay culture should be absolutely booming. You should not be able to even think about counting how many are in there.
Wow okay, thank you so much. I'll definitely be calling.

Tbh though, I'll probably have my husband call. I have this phobia of being a "Karen" like a legit complex about it now 😂😭 I have a hard time complaining about an order no matter what it is lol
 

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I would not buy cultures from them again. When you purchase a culture, especially a clay culture, they should be booming. Loss during shipment with charcoal cultures is pretty common but clay cultures ship well. There is at least one hobbyist selling great clay cultures.
@JasonE Where can I buy clay or a clay culture with springtails? I was going to buy from houston but for some reason...i didn't. So im hoping you can lead me in the best direction you know.
 

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@JasonE Where can I buy clay or a clay culture with springtails? I was going to buy from houston but for some reason...i didn't. So im hoping you can lead me in the best direction you know.
Frog daddy sells good ones I've heard. I didn't order from them because I was already ordering something I wanted on Houston frogs
 

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@JasonE Where can I buy clay or a clay culture with springtails? I was going to buy from houston but for some reason...i didn't. So im hoping you can lead me in the best direction you know.
I get mine from another hobbyist. You can PM me if you want his info.
 

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I added a tiny bit of springtail food (the powder sprinkled in the corner. Not knowing if the clay is food, or if I have to feed them. Figured it couldn't hurt.
I missed this the first time. I cringe whenever I read "springtail food." Those springtail foods usually contain multiple ingredients that attract mites. Active dry yeast is the best food for springs. First, it's a fungus and they love those. But mites don't eat yeast so you're not putting your cultures at risk.
 

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I missed this the first time. I cringe whenever I read "springtail food." Those springtail foods usually contain multiple ingredients that attract mites. Active dry yeast is the best food for springs. First, it's a fungus and they love those. But mites don't eat yeast so you're not putting your cultures at risk.
To be clear, the springtails don't eat the yeast really, they eat the mold that quickly populates when the yeast combines with moisture. At least this is my understanding.
 

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To be clear, the springtails don't eat the yeast really, they eat the mold that quickly populates when the yeast combines with moisture. At least this is my understanding.
That sounds good too. Either way, it's the best food for them.
 

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That sounds good too. Either way, it's the best food for them.
I use it as my primary food as well. Cheap and works extremely well.
 
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