Mite Problems

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Mite Problems

Post by Nillawaffer » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:21 pm

I've been having some mite problems for a while now. I've done as much tank cleaning as possible, but I have multiple crabs in my tank and there is always someone underground molting. Therefore I cannot throw out my old substrate and do a deep cleaning on my main tank. I have most of my crabs in my secondary, but I'm afraid that if they stay there any longer that the mites, will also travel there after a while. And, yes I change the water and food daily to keep the possibility as low as possible.
While I was researching on how to solve the problem I read on some site that there a predatory mites that will eat the Phoretic mites that come and visit the tank. I'll put the link below. I have no idea if this is at all a trustworthy site or suggestion. Can anyone tell me if they have tried this and if it worked? If it's not any suggestions on how to get rid of these mites without disturbing my molting crabs?
http://animals.mom.me/hermit-crab-molts ... 10779.html

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Re: Mite Problems

Post by aussieJJDude » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:46 pm

Are they food mites or 'parasitic' mites?

Food mites are rather common, and in most cases they are benefitual in forming a clean up crew within the tank. Food mites tend to be tan, white or brown in colouration... and normally found living on the substrate, decor and such - not on the crabs themselves.

Parasitic mites tend to be a lot brighter in comparison, often - but not always... off memory - tend to be red or orange-y in appearence, and in most cases is found on the crabs, like between limbs and the like.




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Re: Mite Problems

Post by wodesorel » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:52 pm

Predatory mites do work and will kill off any other species in the tank and then die off themselves having eaten all of their food source.

However, most of the time the mites we see are either food/grain/wood mites or naturally occurring predatory mites. They eventually come right back to the tank because they are already in our homes and they want the heat and moisture of the crabitat.


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Re: Mite Problems

Post by Nillawaffer » Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:10 am

aussieJJDude wrote:Are they food mites or 'parasitic' mites?

Food mites are rather common, and in most cases they are benefitual in forming a clean up crew within the tank. Food mites tend to be tan, white or brown in colouration... and normally found living on the substrate, decor and such - not on the crabs themselves.

Parasitic mites tend to be a lot brighter in comparison, often - but not always... off memory - tend to be red or orange-y in appearence, and in most cases is found on the crabs, like between limbs and the like.




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There are food mites, and I don't mind those as much. But I have also seen quite a few of the parasitic mites, the red ones, on the crabs.

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Post by wodesorel » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:44 am

Oooh, yeah, definitely look into predatory mites!! The crabs need to be not molting for it to work, or you may need to do another round of the mites once the molters come up.

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Post by GotButterflies » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:21 am

Yes- they work! I put them in my tank two years ago- no mites since. They are pricey.

Edit: I put mine in for food mites. Good luck

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Re: Mite Problems

Post by Nillawaffer » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:48 pm

GotButterflies wrote:Yes- they work! I put them in my tank two years ago- no mites since. They are pricey.

Edit: I put mine in for food mites. Good luck

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Post by GotButterflies » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:01 pm

I bought mine online - I'm sorry, don't remember the name.
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Re: Mite Problems

Post by AwesomeHermit » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:03 pm

You could probably search a good website for them up
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Re: Mite Problems

Post by wodesorel » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:13 pm

Evergreen Growers Supply was used by many HCAers for mites over the years. I haven't myself, but considered it when the phoretic phase mites got bad on some of my scorpions.


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Re: Mite Problems

Post by Nillawaffer » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:09 pm

Thank you all for the help! Much appreciated!

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Re: Mite Problems

Post by piratetoothgir » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:27 pm

I am glad you got everything under control! :)
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Re: Mite Problems

Post by Kobosolo » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:18 pm

This is a very slippery story with a story told to play like this.

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Re: Mite Problems

Post by AwesomeHermit » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:43 am

Kobosolo wrote:This is a very slippery story with a story told to play like this.
What?
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