Springtail Culture

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  1. Brandon B

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    Hey i was just wondering what you guys feed your springtails when your culturing them?
     
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    I use nutritional yeast flakes to feed my cultures. In the past I used fish food, but find I get better production with the yeast.
     
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    where do buy yeast flakes?
     
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    I get it at a local healthfood store called Lifestyle Markets.
     
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    ok so any health food store probably has it
     
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    I use Couscous to feed my springs. The my spring cultures are all booming and the couscous is really easy to get in bulk, I buy mine from the Bulk Barn by the pound.
     
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    do you guys use charcoal or hydroton in your cultures? or is there something else you guys use
     
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    I prefer to use coco chunks, I find I have better results using it over any other form of substrate. I also like the hydroton method but I much prefer the coco chunks.
     
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    i use both hydroton and coarse coco husk and i havent decided what way i like more they key is keeping them humid
     
  10. Brandon B

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    ok sounds good, and those are just the coco chunks you can buy at any pet store
     
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    yeah i get the brick style chunks and soak them
     
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    i just made two new cultures using the coco chunks and yeast flakes so we see what happens. I am also using yeast flakes, couscous, and fish food in my other 3 cultures to see what works best.
     
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    I've had spring on both hydroton and coco chunks for about 2 years and the coco chunks give me the best production, by far. I feed primarily nutritional yeast, but feed cyclopeeze occasionally and FF media.
     
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    For those of your who are feeding your springs yeast flakes, go check out your local superstore. I went a few weeks ago and found a 180g container(which is a lot of yeast flakes) of yeast flakes in their health food section for about $5. I am not sure on the price of these at a health food store, but usually its more expensive. So this could save you some money and the container will last for pretty long time. :)
     
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    I have 3 springtail colonies going - 2 on charcoal, 1 on coco chunks. The charcoal colonies definitely produce way better than the coco chunks. Been feeding them on some fish pellets (on sale for $1 at big als) and yeast. I think I'll keep one on fish pellets and the other on yeast to see which works better. Oh yeah, I'm using fleishmann's yeast cuz that's what I add to my FF cultures.
     
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    Looking at the ones i have, charcoal does seem to being doing better as well. And i find that the yeast flakes work really good as well
     
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    Mine seem to do better on coco chips. Hmmm
     
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    Mine seem to do better on coco chips. Hmmm
     
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    Tropicals prefer the coco imo
     

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