When adding the springtails to your vivarium, you can fill the container so that the water level is just under the top of the carbon. Pour the water into your vivarium on top of your substrate. Springtails float on the water so you will be able to see the springtails being carried in. Alternatively, you can simply add the culture to the drainage layer in the first step of tank setup. This method is just as effective at starting the springtail population. However, if the population crashes, you will find yourself needing to purchase another culture. Remember, when you are purchasing a springtail culture from us, you will want to purchase in advance, or give the culture a week or two to mature before pulling from it. We make all of our cultures right here in our facility, so they are fairly young and will need some growing time.
Another Cleaner to add is Isopods. Springtails will do a wonderful job on their own, but Isopods are a wonderful addition to any clean up crew. These insects come in different colors and sizes, making them perfect for clean up of larger areas! Many Isopods are seasonal, as they are sensitive to shipping temperatures, and are often less available throughout the year.