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Re: Untouched food? Hairs in water?

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:59 am
by Plasmoc
lid!!! Not covering my kids in plastic

I cleaned out the water & food dishes really well last night. The water dishes are full of them again. Do I need to change it everyday now? What if they get in the crabs shells?


Sorry, I tried googling and searching on here but am still unsure.


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Re: Untouched food? Hairs in water?

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:38 am
by curlysister
Hahahahahaha!! Oops....sorry!! Although that makes it even funnier that I misunderstood!!

Re: Untouched food? Hairs in water?

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:08 pm
by wodesorel
Changing the water often is never the wrong choice, but a day or two with them in there won't hurt anything.

They will climb in the crab's shells but I have never seen them bothered by this. They would be cleaning the crab's body of debris and mold spores and anything else the crab may have picked up between molts - like birds on wildebeests, or those little cleaning fish on sharks.

Funny story, I somehow ended up with a springtail outbreak in both my largest turtle tank and my overwinter indoor pond. No land in either tank. They were all up the sides of the glass and plastic, and jumping all over the water surface. Lasted two weeks and they all disappeared again!

Re: Untouched food? Hairs in water?

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:06 pm
by Plasmoc
Interesting! I’m fascinated how these bugs spring to life in the tank and take over so quickly, seemingly out of nowhere.

Hopefully they’ll die down within a couple weeks. I’m creeped out st the thought of them jumping on me or out to the floor when I change the water / food


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Re: Untouched food? Hairs in water?

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:13 pm
by GotButterflies
They typically do have a burst and then die off.