I had 3 separate springtail cultures in 32oz containers that I had been alternating supplementally feeding/seeding tanks with for over 2 months and all were booming. Yesterday I put all 3 of them into one large container, added some fresh broken up 100% wood charcoal and some grains of rice like normal...
today I can barely even FIND springtails in the culture....yesterday the entire thing was practically white. The few that I do find seem dead (they don't move/react).....
no clue what I did wrong....or more interestingly, where all those springtail bodies went....
Did you presoak your charcoal? If not, they are probably at the very bottom, trying to find some moisture. The charcoal chunks take a while to really get saturated and springs will avoid a dry substrate like the plague.
The other possible cause is suffocation.
@Dendroguy: yea i put it in a larger container but even when I dig down I can only find a few....my old cultures were literally hopping out the top!
@Pumilo: I did wash my charcoal twice but did not soak it.....however there is at least a 2" deep water layer....I can imagine what you are saying though; hopefully it will saturate and they will come out of hiding soon
The lid is not fully sealed and has ventilation so I don't think I suffocated them...but just incase i'll take it off and see if that fixes; if so, i'll have to make another vent
If you combined them together yesterday I would highly doubt they are suffocated.Most of my spring cultures are in sealed containers(some are vented).I open them once or twice a week to burp them as I call it and to feed them and have never had a problem.How big were the original cultures and the new one.If you put too many together they will stop producing but they wouldn't just disappear overnight.
@jacksmith: my colony has been recovering....I guess they are just really spread out now, but before I was feeding off those 3 cultures for about a week and a half straight without any problems of them recovering; since i've mixed them there is barely enough growth (and if I didn't have flies ti would not sustain a week of continuous feeding out of it)
not sure what happened but for now i made a few small cultures and i'm just going to wait out the big one