Springtails/isopods for bioactive, reptile feed...
Perth Local Springtails.
Tub-grown not wild sourced (wild ones carry high risk of disease and pesticides)
Min 100 per tub (They are too fast to count, too jumpy to measure and too light to weigh- I empty the trap into the tub, take a photo, and count off at least 100 in the photo. There will be additional juveniles and likely extra adults)
-Packed in Spagnum moss/paper towel/silica/charcoal- I sort and pick them by hand but the substrate may rarely contain other microfauna cleaning crew including mites, wood beetles, isopods, larvae, psuedoscorps, larvae and worms.
Tub grown Isopods, $10/Tub-
Random mix of unsexed P.scaber, P.laevis, A.vulgare (Mixed colours), P.pruinosis (Mixed colours), native silky Philoscia, Nagarus, Trichorhina. (I always make sure there are at least a few A.vulgare in there, so you have a mix of ones that prefer heat and dryness, and some that prefer the colder, damp side of the tank)
Min 25 per tub (can't be combined for shipping, they would fight if squished in too tightly- can be combined with springtails though)
Collect from Wanneroo, WA 6065
I now ship interstate- buyer is responsible for any customs requirements/costs for their state/territory. If shipped they will be sent in sphagnum moss/paper towel/charcoal and silica gel.
SHIPPING Australia wide is standard express post with tracking- $15 for two tubs (I can combine orders, but there's a max PER TUB: 2000 springtails ($15 per 100, so 20 tubs worth combined into one), or 25 isopods, or a mixed tub of max 500 springtails with 25 isopods). I can't guarantee AusPost compliance with estimated delivery but you can request additional AusPost insurance if required. Feedback on how/when they arrive is always appreciated. Once they arrive, please unpack them and let them breathe immediately. If you have any problems please notify me AS SOON AS THEY ARRIVE.
BIOACTIVE: Both springtails and isopods can be used to keep a bioactive environment balanced and clean- they are scavengers and help break down debris, detritus, faeces and leftover food etc.
FEEDERS: You can also use them as food for various animals- springtails are great for smaller carnivorous insects, reptiles, amphibians and even quail and fish. Soft shell isopods can be eaten by almost anything that can fit them in their mouth but are fast so they give good stimulation and hunting.
The hard shells are great for feeding anything with a strong enough jaw or beak to eat them. They have a great calcium ratio so you don't need as much calcium supplement if using them as a food.
Check out Joshsfrogs.com (not Australian) to see how they are used in the rest of the world. Sadly we aren't allowed to import them here :'-(
Place in tub with charcoal lumps and a small amount of RO/filtered water. Alternatively, place on moist substrate of moss or peat.
Place a grain of uncooked rice, or a sprinkle of dry yeast on the surface, and replace once it is eaten.
For charcoal tubs, add/replace water with filtered water every 1-2months.
Avoid extreme temperatures.
- Date Listed:19/11/2019
- Last Edited:20/11/2019
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