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Dry Start Method - Web Fungus Question

If I put some springtails in the tank, will they be at all destructive to my layout or the health of my plants or just eat the fungus like I want them to? When I flood the tank, I assume they will just become fish food.

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They will grow into giant spiders and crawl out of the tank then head to your room.


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They will grow into giant spiders and crawl out of the tank then head to your room.
LOL Its already in my room! That comment could give some people nightmares. haha
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They will grow into giant spiders and crawl out of the tank then head to your room.
Lies and falsehoods.

What really happens is they grow to about .25", at this point they are referred to as juveniles. Juveniles have fully developed "stingers" (partially developed stinger can be seen in attached picture below) but are not yet sexually mature. Sexual maturity and adulthood are distinguished by the development of a single pair of wings capable of allowing sustained flight. Once sexually mature the adult springtails will search for a mate, upon finding a suitable partner the male will engage in a courtship ritual which involves the seeking out of a large warm blooded mammal and stinging it. This sting injects the body with a mild anesthetic so it often goes unfelt and unnoticed in humans until weeks after the initial incident. Upon the male retreating the female springtail will approach the spot and deposit her eggs into the hole left by the male's stinger. After all the eggs have been deposited the male will return to fertilize the eggs.

Given the warm and moist nature of the mammalian body the eggs develop and hatch quickly. Once hatched they feed upon the inner fat layer until they are large enough to crawl out as juveniles and then the cycle begins again. Often multiple generations of the same brood will infect the same source, resulting in an ever growing amount of pimple-like growths all over the body in humans until critical bio mass is achieved.


Or they could just become fish/reptile food and end up being harmless to humans. Who knows.

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^that's fricking disgusting x_x

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You guys are all full of it. These are commonly sold at Pet Shops for Reptile Terrariums and can also occur naturally.

If they were so disgusting or any kind of threat, this wouldn't be allowed to happen.

Can I get a serious response?
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You guys are all full of it. These are commonly sold at Pet Shops for Reptile Terrariums and can also occur naturally.

If they were so disgusting or any kind of threat, this wouldn't be allowed to happen.

Can I get a serious response?
Yeah, I know they will eat some of the fungus but not enough to be worth the effort. The fungus is natural and will disappear on it's own. Even if they do eat some the ones that don't end up being fish food will just rot in the tank. Not worth it IMO
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