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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:27 pm 
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Hello experts :-)

I've had my 6 juvenile Giant African Black millipedes for almost 6 months now. I only see them if I dig around in the tank which I don't do often as I'm sure they don't like it. The tank has a good mix of oak and beech leaves and soil and some big bits of bark. The substrate is about 4 inches deep.
I put fruit onto a shallow saucer and sometimes fish flakes. I see frass but never millipedes, but I do see earthworms in the saucer with the fruit so I suspect that I am feeding worms, which is fine, I have axolotls and they love worms :-)

Here are the questions:
Do I bother to keep feeding fruit etc to the worms and hope that the millis find it one day or do I not bother until they start to show themselves a bit more?
Do they come out to play more when it's warmer or will I just not see them for the next 4 or 5 years until they grow up?
Do they grow faster when it's warmer?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:59 pm 
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I am not expert, so I will just say what mine do.

All my millipedes ignore anything extra I put in when there is a good supply of leaves. Mine are not that interested in fruit but prefer little gem lettuce and cucumber. Every now and then they will have a go at a bit of carrot but it has to be peelings and not just chunks :roll: Mine prefer coming out at night although my adult giant train millie is always on top of the substrate.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:06 pm 
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Ahh, that is really helpful, thank you! I've only tried chunks of veg and fruit, I might put a bit of grated in tomorrow and see how that goes down. It's the same with cucumber, mushrooms and lettuce, I see frass but no millipedes.

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Millipedes: 6 juvenile Giant Africans, all called George
Amphibians: Axolotls - Full Throttle and James Bond
Fish: Coldwater fish and water woodlice


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:13 pm 
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Have you tried sweet potato yet?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:35 pm 
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Severum Boy wrote:
Have you tried sweet potato yet?

Ohh, I've just roasted some, I have the peelings at the top of the compost bin..... I'll dig some out, thanks!

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Good timing :lol:

I used to peel mine just in case there were any pesticides on the outside, but this may have been OTT paranoia. Looking on the government's pesticide website, sweet potatoes have really low pesticide residues, and therefore should be fine for millis (and other stuff like beetles and snails).

http://www.pesticides.gov.uk/Resources/CRD/PRiF/Documents/Results%20and%20Reports/2012/BNA%20Q1%202012.pdf


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:50 pm 
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it's organic :-) we have a really cheap organic shop in Bristol, they are mostly wholesale but anyone can buy there.

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Millipedes: 6 juvenile Giant Africans, all called George
Amphibians: Axolotls - Full Throttle and James Bond
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