Thread: Bug ID - Salvinia hitchhiker
12-05-2011, 09:19 PM #1
Bug ID - Salvinia hitchhiker
Hey everyone. A while back I got some Salvinia for one of my tanks. A few days later, many of these critters showed up, and within days, they had multiplied into the hundreds. As the Salvinia grew in numbers, so did this bug. Now that the Salvinia has filled the tank, and the bugs have gotten incredibly dense, they seem to be starving out and dying. I was wondering if anyone had any of these orange colored critters hitchhike on floating plants before. Any ideas?
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12-05-2011, 09:20 PM #2
12-05-2011, 11:58 PM #3
They are mites, proliferating on the biofilm on the newly added Salvina. Any mite that falls in the water will become fish food.
The mites are harmless, if unsightly, so no worries. As they 'clean up' the Salvina they'll be fewer and fewer of them, since less 'food' means less mites.
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12-07-2011, 01:49 AM #4
Thanks yall. The numbers have definitely been reduced, and now the Salvinia leaves have about 1 or two live ones with many dried up bodies of dead ones. They haven't escaped into the house or anything - which is good. Just seeing what your experiences were. Thanks again.Support your local ichthyofauna - buy a fishing license!
12-07-2011, 03:58 AM #5
Wow. That's gross!!