Our breeding cultures are teaming with hundreds of active adult and juvenile springtails. Breeding cultures are designed to perpetuate the breeding process and produce springtails in perpetuity if properly maintained. Comprised of 100% all natural hardwood lump charcoal packaged in food grade plastic containers, our breeding cultures provide the perfect high humidity, high surface area, carbon rich organic substrate necessary to perpetuate the breeding process. To extract springtails from breeding culture simply fill container with dechlorinated water and pour them into desired habitat.
Our breeding cultures are a mixture of Tropical White, Tropical Pink and Temperate springtails making sure you get the breed best suited for your habitat. These tiny arthropods have a voracious appetite for decomposing leaf litter, animal feces, and dead plant matter making them an essential element for the overall health of your vivarium ecosystem.
Springtails are also an ideal dietary supplement for dart frogs, small salamanders, and newly metamorphosed amphibians of all kinds. Once established a springtail colony will continue to reproduce in perpetuity creating a steady supply of food for your pets while cleaning and maintaining your habitat.
- Color: White/Pinkish Hue
- Size: 0-1 mm
- Locality: Found naturally in warm, moist, humid marshlands
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Light: Dark, dim lighting with places to hide (i.e. under wood, leaves & soil)
- Temperature: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit - low to mid-80's is best for breeding
- Humidity: 80-90%
- Behavior: Subterranean
- Culturing: Easy to culture. Breed in hardwood lump charcoal, clay, or an organic mix of sphagnum peat moss and decaying plant matter. Occasionally add supplemental food such as Critters Direct Springtail & Isopod Food, a thin slice of squash, or fish flakes to accelerate breeding. Springtails reach sexual maturity in 5-6 weeks and lay up to 400 eggs over their lifetime.