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Old 02-18-2014, 08:36 PM   #16
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Excuse me for sounding stupid...but these are both bugs right? Will they crawl or fly out the tank if I have a glass lid with a few holes?
The springtails are insects but do not fly and will stay in the substrate and occasionally venture out onto leaf litter, etc. They are considered a staple item in vivarium care, especially if dart frogs are involved. They mainly east mold and microorganisms that grow on other things.

The isopods are just that, isopods. You may know them as Rollie-Pollies, woodlice, or pill bugs. They do not have wings and won't climb glass. The dwarf whites are about the size of a fruit fly and will stay in the substrate as well, venturing out at night to 'nom' mold and decomposing matter.

As a side note you will most likely see some gnats or other random creatures in your tank eventually. The plants and substrate often have small critters in them from the start. Nothing to worry about though unless its millipedes!
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The springtails are insects but do not fly and will stay in the substrate and occasionally venture out onto leaf litter, etc. They are considered a staple item in vivarium care, especially if dart frogs are involved. They mainly east mold and microorganisms that grow on other things.

The isopods are just that, isopods. You may know them as Rollie-Pollies, woodlice, or pill bugs. They do not have wings and won't climb glass. The dwarf whites are about the size of a fruit fly and will stay in the substrate as well, venturing out at night to 'nom' mold and decomposing matter.

As a side note you will most likely see some gnats or other random creatures in your tank eventually. The plants and substrate often have small critters in them from the start. Nothing to worry about though unless its millipedes!
I have ordered my springtail cultures! Hope to have them in a couple of days. Gotta get this mold under control. Definitely have gnats...not sure how to get rid of them, but not sure I care.

Oh yeah, I also took your advice and bought that creeping ficus plant. Can't wait to put that in the tank.

Thank you for all your help! You've really moved me forward!
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:21 PM   #18
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Awesome. The springtails well help for sure.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:00 AM   #19
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So jealous of these awesome looking tanks.
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So jealous of these awesome looking tanks.
Hey menace you are in Florida dont you live in a vivarium
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:26 AM   #21
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Great looking start just wait till you get addicted to the rare epiphyte creeping ferns they are crazy amazing i love all mine. You should check out micro mini Sinningia. I grow some of them and they are an amazing small flowering plant and they do so non stop. Here is a picture of mighty mouse my favorite and thats my finger so you can see how small they are.
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:27 PM   #22
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Thats an awesome flower? Are these in the African Violet family?
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:53 PM   #23
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It is related both are Gesneriads but these need more humidity
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