I recently caught a whirligig beetle for my waterbug tank. The beetle didn't survive eight hours with my baby toebiter, but it laid eggs in the transport cup, and those eggs have now hatched into about twenty quarter-inch-long wiggles. And no, they aren't parasites- they have tiny legs and jaws and beetle larva heads, they're definitely mini beetle larvae.
And, when I looked into the bug tank, I found about six miniscule backswimmers puttering around. Evidently those also laid eggs.
So now my tank has one half-inch-long toebiter and a bunch of teeny-tiny waterbugs. They're far too small for the biter to eat, but I might take it out for awhile and see if I can grow the assorted bugs up. What's the best way to do that? Should I just put in a big handful of leaf litter to help grow infusoria and the like? I added a Java fern from my copepod-filled betta tank, and I can see copepods puttering around, but there aren't very many and definitely aren't enough for all the bugs to eat.
I'm not trying to grow all the baby bugs up, but I'd like to give them half a chance at surviving for awhile, just to see what happens.