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Temperate Springtail Culture

Springtails (Collembola) - Folsomia candida

Temperate springtails are commonly used in terrariums as part of the clean-up crew. They feed on decaying matter, fungi, and bacteria, helping to keep the terrarium clean and preventing the build-up of harmful substances. Additionally, they can help to aerate the substrate and distribute nutrients throughout the soil. Overall, temperate springtails are a valuable addition to any terrarium ecosystem.

Our culture puck packaging is the most advanced springtail culture container/culture to be brought to market.

-Unbelievable shelf life of four-plus months with our food/culture "puck." The culture puck absorbs moisture and will respirate moisture over time with the lid secured in place.

-Very easy to keep!

Caring for temperate springtails in a terrarium is quite easy. Here are some tips to help you take care of them:

1. Housing: Temperate springtails are small and can be kept in a small container or within the substrate of your terrarium. They prefer a moist environment, so it is essential to keep their habitat damp. They can be kept in a variety of substrates, including coconut coir, peat moss, or soil.

2. Temperature: Temperate springtails prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Keep their habitat out of direct sunlight and away from drafts.

3. Humidity: These tiny creatures require high humidity levels to survive. Mist their enclosure with water regularly to keep the substrate moist.

4. Food: Temperate springtails feed on decaying plant matter, and they can also feed on specialized springtail food. Some hobbyists also add yeast to their enclosure to help feed the springtails.

5. Clean-up: Temperate springtails are excellent at cleaning up waste in a terrarium. However, removing uneaten food or feces is essential to prevent mold growth. Overall, temperate springtails are low-maintenance and can thrive in a variety of terrarium setups. With proper care, they can live for several months or even up to a year.

-If you want the culture to repopulate faster, the optimal temperature is about 75-78 degrees: open the culture container and mist once weekly with distilled or filtered water. If you intend on culturing them within our packaging, we suggest feeding them a small pinch of our Bug Eats or Nutrifresh-Diversified Insect Diet once to twice a week.