Brachycibe and other andrognathid food fungus

Ponerinecat

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Been keeping 2 local species of this genus, and 2 altitude based variants of one of them. The millipedes themselves are extraordinarily easy to maintain but I've been having problems sustainably feeding them. Recently small patches of food fungus popped up in their container right after redoing it. Anyone with experience know how to culture the fungus? I've been having to scrounge for dried shelf and bracket fungi which the millipedes will eat but not especially enthusiastically, so an easy long term solution would be appreciated.
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spasskgirl

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Upping the thread. I am also looking for more ideas what to feed them and where to get it.
 

Ponerinecat

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They're still suffering die off's and food is even more unstable, but I did find a thin reddish fungus growing on the underside of a branch they seem to like.
 

Arthroverts

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Have you tried sterilizing new wood and leaves before adding it to the enclosure? This often causes outbreaks of mold which are bothersome for keepers of round millipedes and polydesmids, but might be nutritious for your platydesmids here.

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Arthroverts
 

Ponerinecat

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I don't sterilize anything for my enclosures, ha ha. Lots of people arent okay with that but eh, it works so far.
 

Arthroverts

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Neither do I, at least not in the traditional sense of utilizing an oven/microwave. Regardless, sterilizing wood/leaves would allow for the spores of new fungi to rapidly grow on the "blank sheet" (similar to what you do with your springtails; at least, I think that was you), and that might be the fungi they seem to appreciate. You said yourself that the new enclosure grew mold, which is often the case with new setups where the microhabitat hasn't stabilized so to speak.

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Arthroverts
 

Ponerinecat

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Neither do I, at least not in the traditional sense of utilizing an oven/microwave. Regardless, sterilizing wood/leaves would allow for the spores of new fungi to rapidly grow on the "blank sheet" (similar to what you do with your springtails; at least, I think that was you), and that might be the fungi they seem to appreciate. You said yourself that the new enclosure grew mold, which is often the case with new setups where the microhabitat hasn't stabilized so to speak.

Thanks,

Arthroverts
Ah, I see. I can definitely give that a try, thanks for the advice.
 

Arthroverts

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Yeah no problem

Let me know if you ever decide to sell some off by the way ;)...

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Arthroverts
 
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