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    I seeded my viv with some springtails a couple days ago and I was wondering how I should feed them? I was thinking of adding a few grains of rice in the viv so they would have at least a little bit of mold to feed on but I don't know if that would be a good idea (I don't have any inhabitants In there yet). Also could I add some fruit scraps/skins to the tank?
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    Small bits of food that won't stink should do nicely.

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    thank you!

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    I have a long post about springtails from Hilde. If you are interested I can post it right here.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    I have a long post about springtails from Hilde. If you are interested I can post it right here.
    Sure! that's fine

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    #93---Springtails......by Hilde (August 2014) & CrestedRick (May 2015)

    "Springtails normally live in damp soil, and eat mold and fungus. Springtails don't bite or sting people, nor do they damage buildings or the contents. If anything, they'll help with enclosure maintenance.

    You don't have to worry about them, unless they really get out of hand and multiply too much. Normally you'd just have to lower the humidity and let the soil dry a bit, to kill them off. However, that won't work with your geckos, so you could trap them using fruit or the gecko's leftover food. Put some in a tube-type affair with just a small hole for them to get into. Remove it daily, or as needed, dump them outside so they can do their work in the garden. Another way is to replace the soil, wash any plants and whatever you have in the enclosure.

    Either method will work for a while, but you'll probably end up with lots of them again. They're very fertile little things, not much chance of getting rid of them completely once they get started, unless you start over from scratch, including new perches, plants, soil, etc.

    Springtails could wander around outside the tank, but they won't last long. They really need high humidity, so, unless you have your room humidity really high, they'll dehydrate in no time. They won't last long at all outside the enclosure. There's nothing to stop them from climbing over everything in the enclosure, even the gecko, but they won't bite him or you.

    (If you compare the picture you posted to the top one of my pictures, you can see they look quite alike.)

    If you're really in doubt, see if they 'jump' if you put something close to them, even a finger or toothpick. They also float on water, even jump on it and bounce off."

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    3 May 2015 tips from CrestedRick
    "You don't need to worry about offering additional food for isopods or springtails. They eat the mold and waste from your geckos as well as dead plant material. I have crushed leaf litter over my substrate that they also eat."
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    I have both springtails and isopods in my viv. I usually sprinkle a few fish food flakes on top of the substrate every few days. I also have a corner of the viv where I will put other items. Sometimes it's an orange peel or a little bit of food. I have a pothos plant in the viv, and I usually snip off damaged leaves and put them over in that corner as well.
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    You don't need to worry about offering additional food for isopods or springtails. They eat the mold and waste from your geckos as well as dead plant material. I have crushed leaf litter over my substrate that they also eat.
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