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baby isopods or mites?

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by Embers To Ashes, May 10, 2011.

  1. Embers To Ashes

    Embers To Ashes Arachnoknight

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    I just oppened my isopod container. I saw afew baby isopods when I lifted the bark, but then I saw something else. They are little white things. I cant even tell what shape they are because they are so small. it looks like water on hair glisining, but they are little bugs. Are these baby isopods or mites?

    The ones I currently have are wild caught.
     
  2. ZephAmp

    ZephAmp Arachnobaron

    Are they sort of crawling around slowly or are they rather active?

    I'm thinking springtails.
     
  3. Galapoheros

    Galapoheros ArachnoGod Old Timer

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  4. redrumpslump

    redrumpslump Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    I have the same worries as ember. What I'm seeing isn't fat slow moving things like in jc's video. What I see are tiny little white things that are running around evrywhere. Would this most likely be springtails? Mine aren't wc i got them from a dealer with multiple pages of positive reviews.

    Matt
     
  5. Embers To Ashes

    Embers To Ashes Arachnoknight

    They look more like little lines? Is it more likely to be springtails?
     
  6. Vfox

    Vfox Arachnobaron

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    Springtails are small...almost like slivers of dust. They are very abundant outdoors if you look in the leaf litter. They are thin and "pop" into the air when disturbed, this is their jumping, it's similar to a flea. They are harmless and actually beneficial to most of us invert keepers. I have thousands in my tanks along with grain mites. Both help keep the cages clean and when the mites get a little out of control, a quick swipe with vaseline on a paper-towel and their numbers are back to normal. :p
     
  7. Embers To Ashes

    Embers To Ashes Arachnoknight

    will they bother my isopods?
     
  8. Vfox

    Vfox Arachnobaron

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    Not likely unless they are overpopulated. If you're seeing hundreds to thousands then you may want to simply change the substrate. That's the best way to control large set populations of mites or springtails.