Can I feed my springtails plain brewers yeast?
You can, but it is an inadequate diet. For cultures that boom bigger, faster feed Reptanicals Springtail Feast. Our biologist developed formula is an all natural, high quality, nutrient dense, complete diet. But don't take our word for it... let your cultures do the talking.
Aren't Smaller charcoal chunks better for springtails?
...The reasoning behind this is because they have more surface area? Right?
Truth is, with many of the small chunk charcoal on the market, the charcoal is already starting to degrade. The fabulous tiny pockets in the surface that the springtails lay their eggs in and juveniles hide in, have collapsed and the charcoal is beginning to turn to dust. When this happens there is actually far less usable surface area for the springtails to live on.
This is why we produce our own Reptanicals Coarse Horticultural Charcoal for our springtails. Our sustainable sourced all natural hardwood charcoal comes in large chunks (1+"), providing ample surface area for springtails to flourish.
Do Springtails swim?
No. Springtails float, they do not swim. Any liquid at the base of your culture cannot be utilized by your springtails. It is just a humidity source.
Also, any charcoal beneath the surface of the water cannot be utilized by your springtails, they lose access to all that surface area for living and breeding in. Peat moss cultures should never have water at the bottom of them.... that is too wet and will likely drown the springtails or trap them in collapsed tunnels.