Tropical Springtails (Collembola sp.) are a very small species of insect (under 3mm) that make great feeders for many dart frogs especially for baby froglets. The are an excellent food for the frogs and positively contribute to the overall well being and health of your Vivariums ecosystem.
In nature, Springtails are decomposers and are commonly found in and around dead and decaying organic matter on the jungle floor. Once in your vivarium they will help to cycle the leaf litter, decaying plant material, and fecal material (poop)from your frogs, geckos, snakes or other small animals. Once a population is established in your tank, they will reproduce all on their own and create a steady supply of snacking food for your Dart Frogs. Springtails should be able to keep up with most of the decomposing needs of the tank. However some frogs will forage more than others and you may be required to add more springtails to you vivarium as needed. Springtails should not be used as your only food source for you amphibians or reptiles, as they cannot be dusted with the supplements that your animals will need. However they make a great treat and are important in the overall health of your vivarium. Tropical Springtails require a high humidity maintained from 70-99% Since Springtails are so light they are able to float on water, which make it easy for you to scoop them from a master culture.
A starter culture of Springtails is sold in a 8oz deli cup with Biochar horticultural charcoal. When you receive your starter culture of Springtails, you can dump it directly into your Bioactive Vivarium, or start a master culture of your very own.
For more information on how to properly care for, house and feed off your Springtail culture, please read our care sheet Here.