Arid and Humid Springtail Species
We have eight different species of springtails available. Some cannot tolerate arid conditions at all, and some are well-rounded and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. We keep all of our springtails on a combination of coco coir and peat moss, and we feed them a small pinch of active dry baking yeast every two to three days. We have experimented with many types of substrates and clay and charcoal over the years. The peat moss and coco coir works best for us. It can easily be added directly to your bioactive substrate, or if you want to use some of the springtails intermittently as a supplemental feeder, you can place a piece of charcoal, bark, or a leaf on top of the springtail culture and the springtails will congregate on the bark, leaf, or charcoal and you can tap or blow off the springtails into where you need them. If you'd prefer to start a clay culture, use the same strategy to transfer the springtails to the clay culture cup. Keep in mind that not all springtails do well on charcoal or clay. Our favorite all-around great springtail is Entomobrya Sp. Silver. They are small but very hardy and tolerate a very wide range of conditions.
Humid/Tropical Springtails - Folsomia Candida, Entomobrya Sp. Silver, Lepidocyrtus cinereus 24K, Pseudosinella alba, Pseudosinella rolfsi, Priostoma minuta.
Arid Springtails - Sinella Sp. Tropical, Sinella Curviseta Pink, Entomobrya Sp. Silver, Lepidocyrtus cinereus 24K.