Culturing springtails on soil

AlphaTen223

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I recently got some springtails and started culturing them on charcoal however I saw a lot dying and it got infested with mites so I separated the culture and now I have one on charcoal and one on soil and I am wondering what the purpose of carbon is because I saw someone say it’s good to add it to the soil mixture so I added some finely crushed lump wood charcoal. I am keeping them on this currently in a pickle jar to hopefully prevent mites.
 

Malum Argenteum

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If you only feed bakers yeast (using either the charcoal or clay method), they shouldn't get mites.
 

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If you only feed bakers yeast (using either the charcoal or clay method), they shouldn't get mites.
Soil mites...

I culture my springtails on either clay or charcoal. Soil based cultures almost always ends up with mites in my experience
 
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