Little things swimming in a water dish

Jakub

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Hi there guys,
I changed water for my L. parahybana sling few days back, and found some little thingis swimming in there. I checked the new water a day after, and there they were again. They are like 0,5 - 1mm, very small, I cant take a picture. Anyone has any idea waht it is and if they can be harmful to the spider?
 

Pfera

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Hi Jakub,
They may be (and most likely are) spring tails. Though hard to say without a picture. They can show up anywhere soil like stuff is. No danger to your Tarantula and as a plus theyll clean your T's enclosure up as they go.
 
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Jakub

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I would post a picture but you wouldnt really see anything since they are barely visibile. They are very small. Anyway, thanks for the reply :)
 

sdsnybny

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If you have a magnifying glass and can see them clearly you can google image search springtails as well as grain mites, soil mites.
 

viper69

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Grain mites IMO, grain mites are attracted to water and will hop into water dishes all the time. Takes about 7 days before they die and sink, turning brown.
 

Chris LXXIX

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Takes about 7 days before they die and sink, turning brown.
Ah ah, sounds like something Papa Ciccio (Pope Francis, he's my best friend) would love to say from his speaking-window located in "Amen Corner" :-s

"Behold... at the 7th day..." u_u
 

Pfera

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I would post a picture but you wouldnt really see anything since they are barely visibile. They are very small. Anyway, thanks for the reply :)
No problem man, best of luck to you.
 

BobBarley

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Do they reflect light? Is their shape closer to that of just a dot or is it closer to that of an elongated dot? If they reflect light and are elongated dots, they should be sprintails.
 

checkmate

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I noticed little white "hairs" in my LP's water dish. Kind of spread evenly over the surface. If I watch long enough I can see them move. Maybe we have the same thing. I changed the water and will check again tomorrow.
 

Andrea82

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Springtails are the shape of a grain of rice, they are pretty harmless. Mites can become a problem, so i would also strongly suggest googling images to identify which ones are in your Lp's enclosure.
 

ledzeppelin

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Grain mites are annoying. You literally can't get rid of them if their reproduction explodes >< .. Especially in feeder enclosures..
 

viper69

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Grain mites are annoying. You literally can't get rid of them if their reproduction explodes >< .. Especially in feeder enclosures..
This is very true. I had a T container that had an overnight explosion of mites. The T moved away and went vertical. They don't like mites on them either. I caught my female flicking her rear leg as if she was scratching an itch.

The females reproduction rate is mind blowing for a grain mite. I looked it up once.
 

BobBarley

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Grain mites are annoying. You literally can't get rid of them if their reproduction explodes >< .. Especially in feeder enclosures..
I have had a small outbreak of mites, but I believe the springtails mostly out-competed them for food.
 

Jakub

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I believe these are springtails, I found some pictures and it looks kinda similar, but I rehoused my L. parahybana just to be sure. Thanks for the replies :)
 
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