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    Default MITES!!!!

    OMG what do I do? Will this kill my Orchid. Its an Angraceum dideri which is growing in my vivarium. I go to admire the little orchid and I find this!

    [IMG]http://www.********************************/community/gallery/data/512/medium/A_diderii_mites-1.JPG[/IMG]
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    [IMG]http://www.********************************/community/gallery/data/512/medium/A_diderii_mites-2.JPG[/IMG]

    What do I do!??? Actually upon closer inspection the mites don't seem to be living on the orchid but rather on the sphagnum moss wrapped around it. But still I don't want to risk it!

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    Tindo ,I don't think they are the kind that eat live plants ,my guess is they like just the Spag.and dead stuff , can you take the plants and moss out of the Terr . and use Safers ? I don't remember if you have animals in there , if so might try removing the moss and plant using clear water to flush them away then replacing with new moss . Sorry about the trouble .. Gin

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    I took the plant out, mount and all. Flushed it under the sink, and squiched as many as I could find. I can't replace the moss becuase its tied down with fishing line, and stuck to the orchid roots. The roots are growing under, through and above the moss. I don't want to hurt the plant.

    Thanks Gin!!!

    Oh and by the way I got these three cuties in my viv:
    [IMG]http://www.********************************/community/gallery/data/500/medium/Che_Piva_Pebeta-1.JPG[/IMG]
    They aren't much bigger than the gravel they sell for aquariums. About 1.5 inches.
    They are precious to me, and I would not risk thier little lives with pesticides.

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    Wow Tindo, I had to really look to find all three of those little frogs. LOL! It is like one of those concentration posters.

    Sorry about your trouble.

    Cheers!
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    Cute frogs! Nasty mites.. It's amazing how many you can get rid of between rinsing and taking personal vengence by squishing!

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    I had a hard time seeing the frogs too , they are cute, what kind are they ? Gin

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    The orchid spent the night outside the viv, and this morning not a mite in sight. I'll check it again when I get home tonight.

    The toads are Melanophryniscus stelzneri, and their common names are many. Ex:
    Wallking Bumble bee toad (cuase they never jump always walk), Pampas bumble bee toad (cuase they originate from Argentina and Uruguay). There are other names too.
    Ok since you guys didn't get a good look at them here is a close up of two:
    I love showing these little guys off:

    Just to give you an idea of size, if you look at the bottom of the pic you can see the duckweed.



    Oh and their names are from the top down:
    Pebeta, Piva, and Che Pive

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    No Poisin Dart Frogs? I thought they were all the rage!! Those guys sure are cute, but soooo small.

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    They are a male female ? guessing by the names .Will they reproduce ? Pretty little toads . Do they eat crickets or? Thanks for sharing them , pretty Viv. G

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    Its kinda scary to get them to breed. I would have to stick them in the fridge for about two weeks at around 45-50 degrees F. Then fatten them up real fast for another two weeks. Then I would have to put them into a rain chamber (the only one I have is my shower) to get them to lay eggs. So its scary cuase Im afraid to put my precious babies in the fridge. ANd Im afraid that the shower water will suddenly get scalding hot and burn them.

    They eat fruit flies, ants, and termites. The only crickets they could eat would be true pinhead crickets. The crickets would have to be the size of a & size on your keyboard.
    Also I consider these to be "nature's other dart frogs". They are from South America, they make poison on their skin in the wild, and are tiny like darts are.

    And I think I have two males and one female. They eat like little piggies.

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