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So my new acquisition of an established viv looks to be in great shape, however the builder never added isopod sand mentioned that the springtails all died.
Why would they have died?
Should I consider adding both now? My understanding is that they should be added prior to the frogs. Is it too late?
Not sure why they may have died, but it’s never too late to add more CuC! Even in a viv with established micro fauna, you can add more to replenish or top them off. I’d say, go ahead.


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I think that the populations self-limit, in terms of over population. The isos or spring populations can only get so large before they outgrow their food supply of waste, rotting leaves, etc.

It’s always helpful to have extra CuC on hand though, especially with Ranitomeya froglets. I keep a couple starter cultures going and periodically top-off my vivs every now and then.

I think frogs will also readily eat dwarf white isos since they’re so small. Any larger isos though I imagine are safe from predation, at least as adults. Depends on the frogs though. I think Terribilis will eat things relatively large, from what I’ve read, anyways.


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Just to be clear, using any isos other than dwarf species in a dart viv is pretty off-script activity and not recommended unless a person has extensive experience both with the frog species and the iso species. I wouldn't put any non-dwarf isos in my frog vivs for anything.
I made this mistake when I first started, I put a larger iso (powder orange, I think) in with thumbs. They seemed to coexist fine, but the isos were voracious and ended up eating the leaf-litter and hard scape so eventually I removed them and learned my lesson.


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