I find that they don't seem to do very well in water. Maybe try some serious misting of your tank. Probably won't get rid of them but might thin them out a bit.
Hey Ed, there were several sizes so I think there were several stages of life cycle present. They were Opaque or a milky-pearl color and very tiny. I could not see them unless I took the sample out in the yard under sunlight.Hi Bill,
Interesting. The reason I was saying they need to be identified is because all of the ones that are in the literature as feeding on live frogs are trombiculid mites (chiggers) so it is possible you could have had a new species on your hands.
Did he at least determine if they were adults or nymphal mites?
Typically clearing up trombiculid mite infections can take months with repeat ivermectin treatments and manual removal. Simply stripping down the cage doesn't do anything to resolve the issue particularly if the adult mite is a feeder on organic detritus allowing for multiple breeding cycles in the cage.
Touch one with the tip of something small. If it jumps - it's a springtail.That's a lot larger and pear shaped. This bug is supper tiny and shaped a bit different. They are fairly quick moving. Thanks for trying to help!
Hey Ed, there were several sizes so I think there were several stages of life cycle present. They were Opaque or a milky-pearl color and very tiny. I could not see them unless I took the sample out in the yard under sunlight.
Not trying to steal the thread here but if what is in the pic is a mite, then how do I get rid of them. I know there are alot more in the viv and Im planning on getting some frogs for that viv in a few months so I need to get rid of them. I dont want to take the risk and have them be predatory mites and loose a frog. Please help.
Yes, yes they do.Thanks for the quick response. Though Im planning on getting some pumilio for this viv. Would they eat the mites?
I agree with Ed. Had a ff culture crash and my springs were getting low. I was scrambling to find something for my pums to eat (2 adults and 4 froglets in the tank). So, I scavenged mites from an infected isopod culture and put them in the tank. The whole family gathered around the pile of mites and devoured them. I was glad to have a use for those annoying mites. Win/win.Thanks for the quick response. Though Im planning on getting some pumilio for this viv. Would they eat the mites?
I've seen those jelly fish here in Indiana Scuba diving at a Rock Quarry! Very cool and worth finding.That depends entirely on the mites in the enclosure. Mites inhabit a wide range of conditions from fully aquatic to full terrestrial.. as an example check out YouTube - Big Red Water Mites, Trombidiformes? (I have to admit, I've only seen them a few times and never in that kind of numbers..(but I'm also still looking for the famous freshwater jellyfish..))
So, I've decided they are springtails because they jump when you touch them. But, I wonder if there are too many? And I wonder why I've never spotted an adult one? They are to small to be eaten by a tinc. I still worry they might be crawling over the frog causing it stress. Not sure what to do with them.
I constantly see all of my frogs, tincs and thumbs, striking at microfauna that I can't see...They are to small to be eaten by a tinc.