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Brom scale - next steps?

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So, I have contracted a fairly pernicious, small scale insect that seems to be exclusively interest in my Neo broms. It doesn't spread all that quickly, but it clips along and even at low density is clearly damaging to the plants.

Obviously, I need to do something about this pest. My question is whether it would be better to pull the broms from the tank and treat them, while leaving the frogs in their enclosure, or to set up a new enclosure with the frogs and new, thoroughly cleaned plants, then go and deal with removing and descaling the broms. I have a new enclosure that I could set up with either the intent of this being a new permanent home, or a temporary shelter while their enclosure is cleaned.

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You will never get rid of them in your current tank, with the frogs in there. You could move the frogs to the new tank, then treat every plant (not just broms) in the old tank with a systemic, and that might knock them out. But systemics linger for a long time, so you would need to leave those plants in place for months and potentially change out all the soil before introducing any herp into the old tank. Bleach treating, soapy water, etc. will not eliminate them from your broms.
At this stage I can safely say the snails have been preying on the scale and not bothering the frogs. I have seen numerous occasions where the snails were happily working on the insects, which I enjoyed watching. They also seem to like the, what I assume are slime molds, or other various slimy areas getting too much light where the mosses have yet to cover. Currently, the in first tank I put these little guys in, the snails seem to have potentially eliminated the scale off the broms. Or at least brought their numbers below easy detection limits through quite casual observation. All in all, I think this seems a success to this point. I'm planning on getting a species of frog that leaves their eggs quite exposed in hopes of determining if these snails pose any threat to dart eggs. But if that comes out well, I think I'll be adding these little guys to the CUC for all my future vivs. This is a fun little experiment, and it's been nice to think about the diversity we might be able to add to our systems!
That’s great, I’m going to need to try some of those in my paludarium, where scale has killed a few orchids and sensitive broms.
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