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 Post subject: Isopods/pill bug question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:53 am 
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Hello all. I'm new to the forum & isopods... i was looking in my enclosure today and saw what I believe to be mites in their enclosure. I've had them for a bit now and not many. I must be feeding them too much. Anyway, how to I get rid of the mites? Do I just need to order more pill bugs? If so, does anyone know where I can find them reasonably priced? I don't want to buy from the same company as before. Sorry if this has been posted before... all I've seen is "mites in t's enclosure " but my t's are fine & I can't find anything on Google. I'm probably the only one who has mites with their isopods. How embarrassing :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: Isopods/pill bug question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:06 pm 
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Sounds like there is some history there that I am unaware of. I just grab isopods from outside.



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 Post subject: Re: Isopods/pill bug question
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:59 am 
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OK, first, welcome to the ATS discussion board.

Second, it sounds like you're having problems, but not ones that I understand. Mites are a pretty normal part of an enclosure's ecosystem. They clean up uneaten materials, like tiny garbage collectors. They're only unsightly, unless they are ON the tarantula.

If they're on the tarantula, isopods will not help. Isopods are used to eat remains faster than the mites, which starves them. If the isopods you had died, they probably starved. There may not be enough food to keep them going, but enough to grow mites...

If you dry the surface of the substrate out, you will reduce the numbers.

Maybe you can tell us more about these mites?



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 Post subject: Re: Isopods/pill bug question
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:22 am 
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Okay thanks for the info :) ... I think they might just be the 'ok" mites... they are cohabitating with my isopods. I keep them in their own enclosure apart from the t's.
I was worried that the mites could harm the isopods.. I'm not educated in the mite area. My t's are fine and there is nothing in their enclosures.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:28 am 
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Ah, great!



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 Post subject: Re: Isopods/pill bug question
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:58 pm 
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Any chance the mites are springtails?


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 Post subject: Re: Isopods/pill bug question
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:35 pm 
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They looked more tear dropish... but they weren't "see-thru" looking


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