tank bugs

Widowman10

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sorry i don't have any pics available, but maybe someone can help. i have my rosea in a 10-gal tank with potting soil, a hide, and a water dish. i keep her bone-dry but always have a dish with water available. but lately, i see these little tiny bugs swarming on the water dish when i add more. they are about 2 mm long, less than a mm wide, an almost white-ish color, and they seem to jump around. anyone know what these are and how to get rid of them? also, my rosea's about to molt, so i don't want to stress her out by cleaning the whole thing out. many questions...
 

P. Novak

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springtails. They are not harmful at all and actually help more then anything. I'll see if I can find the thread for you.
 

Widowman10

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haha me too, just keep emptying out the dish when you see them in there. They'll eventually disappear.
really? cool, i'll have to try that. thanks a lot man, i've never had them in any of my other 17 container/tanks!! now i know what they are!

oh- and one (maybe) last question: HOW are they helpful:confused:
 

P. Novak

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really? cool, i'll have to try that. thanks a lot man, i've never had them in any of my other 17 container/tanks!! now i know what they are!

oh- and one (maybe) last question: HOW are they helpful:confused:
No problem, and I forgot exactly, but that is why I am trying to look up the thread I was told that.
 

beetleman

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i have them also in some of the enclosures,i'm so used to them now{D
 

verry_sweet

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I think that they are baby crickets hatched from eggs laid under/around the water bowl. Springtails need a fair amount of moisture but his tank is kept dry.

I’m going with baby crickets. They should drown or dye off soon. No cause for concern.

Steph
 

Moltar

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I keep getting these in and under the water dish in my otherwise bone dry rosea tank.
I considered them a nuisance until i found myself setting up a tank for a H lividum that fell in my path. Knowing they can be helpful with eating poo, mold etc i just poured the water dish into the soil under the lividums water dish. I haven't seen them yet in the tank but i hope they took hold and they're just hiding.
 
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