Winter Shipping in effect October-May 1st
An additional “Winterizing” fee of $20 will appear in your cart (only one fee per total order). This covers a heat pack, insulated box and the additional shipping costs to ship a larger box. Please note that due to COVID carriers have become unreliable especially in the eastern provinces (Quebec and Ontario are exceptional bad!) Carriers will not guarantee an on time delivery, and we can’t guarantee live arrival. Please select a shipping option that is 2-3 days MAXIMUM. Heat packs are only good for up to 72 hours max. We will select “Hold for pick up” on all live orders. This will hold the package at your nearest Post Office, to reduce risk. We want your live shipment to arrive safely as much as you do, we just can’t guarantee it at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions prior to placing your order, otherwise we will assume you’ve read this notice and have agreed to the terms and conditions, and understand the all the risks involved – No refunds or replacements are offered for delayed and/or DOA packages.
For Calgary Pick Ups, please use promo code “winter” to waive the winterizing fee and contact us to arrange a time to pick up. – Not applicable for any orders being shipped, without contacting us first.
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.