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Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by billrogers, Dec 30, 2015.

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  1. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    NEHERP sells a good variety of plants but it's not worth buying if it's a small order since the shipping is a lot.
     
  2. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    I currenty keep my baby Soutern Alligator Lizard it there :)

    I live close to a LLLReptile store, so i picked it up from them. You probably could use some from nurseries if you wanted to. I would check and see if LLLReptile sells them on their site first though. Or look at any reptile stores for some :p
     
  3. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Well-Known Member

    Awesome enclosures!
     
  4. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Thanks!

    I guess I'll look around a bit for plants. Maybe there is a good nursery close to me.

    So now the wood is growing some mold :( Is that ok? I guess its just from the high humidity and low airflow. I took the lid off for now.
     
  5. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    That tends to happen alot in my experience. I would get some springtails or isopods as they eat mold and stuff.
     
  6. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Will they also eat the roaches food? (The cat food) I'll probably just get some anyway to help with it. In your experience, where is the best place to buy them?

    I am working on a permanent top for the cage and I'll will make sure it has good sized vents to help with air circulation, and I'll just make sure to mist it daily to keep humidity up.

    I collected some neat moss today, Maybe I can use it after sterilizing it somehow. Maybe gas it with dry ice?
     
  7. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    They might eat the roach food but I don't think it it will really make a difference. (Springtails are tiny)

    I've only bought them from reptile stores in my area. I'm lucky to have a quite a few lol. If you can't find them I would just order them. Josh's Frogs seems to have a good price 32 oz for $10. here's a link : Temperate Springtail (Colombella) Culture (32 oz) | Josh's Frogs

    I don't have too much experience collecting moss or anything besides wood, but I have heard others gassing out stuff they find so you should be fine.
     
  8. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    That looks good, thanks :) If there is 32 ounces I could probably use some now and save some for later.

    My parents are concerned the springtails will get out. I know some escapees are unavoidable but they mostly stay put, right? and the ones that do get should just die?
     
  9. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Some might get out, yes. They require high humidity though so will die. (Unless you live somewhere like Florida)
     
  10. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    So do I just mix some of the stuff that comes in the container into the substrate?
     
  11. Darkbird

    Darkbird Moderator Staff Member

    Just a note on any live plants. My hissers will absolutely mow through any greens I offer, so I highly doubt live plants would last any length of time.
     
  12. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Ok, thanks. I might test out some pothos, I have some going and could put a few cuttings in there.
     
  13. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    You could, What I do is put some water in it, and then pour it out. Springtails float so this is a good way to do it.
     
  14. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Thanks for all the info :) I'll post pics when I get everything figured out.
     
  15. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Awesome can't wait!
     
  16. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    I'm still working out what I will do, but had a question about springtails. When they are established in the enclosure, are they very noticeable? To the point it could look kind of gross? (they aren't the prettiest inverts around)
     
  17. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    I wouldn't say that they are super noticeable. And i don'y think that you could really see them. They don't get that big xD
     
  18. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    Yeah, I just thought it might be kinda gross if they are crawling over everything in the cage :D
     
  19. billrogers

    billrogers Established Member

    It won't hurt the hissers if they eat some pothos, right?

    I want to try putting some with them, but if they eat it, I don't want it to hurt them.
     
  20. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    No it wont hurt them
     
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