shrommj at ptd.net
Mon Mar 8 08:44:26 EST 2004
Do collembolla (springtails) do damage to orchids? I found Kevin
Becrofts' article in the winter Pleurothallid newsletter interesting.
I'm bumping into lots of people that raise dart frogs and orchids. I
do think it is a big mistake to advocate feeding fungus gnats to frogs.
Most frogs won't eat them and it will be a tough job to get them out
of your plants and house and still keep things frog friendly. I'm not
decided about springtails. They are good food for small frogs but I
don't know if they will cause damage to the plants. I feed swept
insects to some of my frogs. To sweep for insects you just use a sweep
(butterfly) net and sweep in an insecticide and chemical free area. I
don't use swept insects in the tanks that have orchids. It introduces
all kinds of insects and other animals that might damage the orchids.
The bid difference between a frog friendly and orchid friendly
environment is you are limited to what chemicals you can use with the
frogs. I use fertilizer in my tanks and hydrogen peroxide for fungus
but not much of any other chemicals.
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