- Sep 7, 2016
Just picked me up a north American millipede (don't know the scientific name off the top of my head). She (i believe) is about 3 inches long and about as thick as a pencil at the moment . Anyways every care sheet i can find says to use leaf litter in the substrate but doesn't specify anything about leaves from outside being used or how to prepare them. I already set the tank up but wanna make sure i did this right. So i have some of that coconut stuff from petco that you mix with water as the primary substrate about 3" deep, then at the surface i mixed in some dead or dying leaves from the birch trees in my backyard. But before i put the leaves in the tank i baked them in a pot for 2 hours at 200 degrees. I also found this decaying piece of a birch tree log with a bunch of some kind of moss living on it and visible signs of a couple spiders and a bunch of mites living inside of it. I also baked that for 2 hours at 200 degrees. When i took it out the moss still seemed to be alive but the spiders and mites all appear to be dead. Leaving the log on the table for a couple minutes there was no sign of life. I also have a little food dish with some small carrots and celery with calcium dust on them. Then i misted the tank off pretty well, the temperature settles right around 75-80 degrees at the surface of the substrate. My little pede took off borrowing and i haven't seen her since i put her in there.... Anything i screwed up or did wrong?