Tiny Tiny Mites

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Tiny Tiny Mites

Post by KinoAndTeto » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:59 pm

I just noticed these extremely tiny white round bugs crawling on the glass of my tank today while I was recording Kino. I am paranoid about mites and regularly scrutinize by crabbies' eyes and joints to make sure they're are no white spots on them. Nothing on the crabs, only on the glass. Can I assume they're harmless?Image


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Re: Tiny Tiny Mites

Post by JoeHermits » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:17 pm

Yes, if they aren’t on the crabs by now they are most likely harmless.


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Re: Tiny Tiny Mites

Post by KinoAndTeto » Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:07 am

JoeHermits wrote:Yes, if they aren’t on the crabs by now they are most likely harmless.


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Cool, thanks! That's what I figured.

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Re: Tiny Tiny Mites

Post by Jcac » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:08 am

Did you ever find out what these are? I just found tons on the outside and inside of my hermit crab tank, as well as on the table it was on, and a few here and there in the rest of the room. Ugh! Thanks so much for any help.

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Post by PinchersAndShells » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:33 am

They’re food mites, pretty harmless but can gross us (the humans) out. They naturally live in homes so it’s likely they’ll come back after getting rid of them.

EDIT: They like the crab tank because it’s humid and warm. I find adding springtails and/or isopods helps keep their numbers at bay by creating a competition for food between them. Just be careful about which species you chose if you decide to add isopods, some multiply at a rapid rate and can become quite annoying if you don’t have a system of removing the excess isopods. :)
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