Can I feed commercial springtail food to my isopods?

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I have spring to life from Josh’s frogs, but I stopped culturing springtails. I was wondering if my isos would benefit from it as I don’t want it to go to waste.
 

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Isopods might eat some but they don’t eat mold and fungus like springtails so you should probably throw it away or dump it in the garden or compost
 

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I do not know if isopods will feed on springtails, but springtails in isopods enclosures will help / prevent mold issue for sure.

I do have springtails in my isopods enclosures.
 

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Isopods might eat some but they don’t eat mold and fungus like springtails so you should probably throw it away or dump it in the garden or compost
Yeah I threw it away when I opened it and there was a few drugstore beetles in there! Glad I decided to open it that would have been bad.
 

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Those beetles are the worst. They infected my hamster food and got into my tortoises substrate
 

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Those beetles are the worst. They infected my hamster food and got into my tortoises substrate
I checked all my dry goods and luckily they were only in that. I’m from Ohio and I’ve never seen them before! I saw the jar of springtail food and thought the brown things were a part of the food but then they moved! AAAAAH
 

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I have all my animals and supplies in my room but I realized I had them because they were all over my bed and on my desk. I thought I had a couple flies but they were the beetles. It took a super long time and I had to wash and thrown out a ton of stuff out. I would check every thing to be sure.
 

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They might but it shouldn't be the only source of food it should be more supplemental. They eat leaves and other "biodegradables" along with (what i use personally) various organic (don't want any pesticides) plant material and different pellet foods. I use one for hermit crabs and another for crayfish but i assume it doesn't really matter because again it's not the only thing i feed them. Also i give them whatever dead feeder insect scraps i have (although it depends on the species because they have different protein requirements some get barely any some get a lot) and that's it. It's really not much i basically throw random stuff in every now and again.
 

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They might but it shouldn't be the only source of food it should be more supplemental. They eat leaves and other "biodegradables" along with (what i use personally) various organic (don't want any pesticides) plant material and different pellet foods. I use one for hermit crabs and another for crayfish but i assume it doesn't really matter because again it's not the only thing i feed them. Also i give them whatever dead feeder insect scraps i have (although it depends on the species because they have different protein requirements some get barely any some get a lot) and that's it. It's really not much i basically throw random stuff in every now and again.
Yes I have organic leaf litter bags I feed them. I give them fish flakes sometimes as well.
 

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Yes I have organic leaf litter bags I feed them. I give them fish flakes sometimes as well.
As long as they have a proper main diet like that then it really doesn't matter what other sources you give because again it's supplemental only making up a small portion of their diet and since they have generalist diets they eat pretty much any dead biomass.
 
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