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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Bugs on frogbit?!?

I cleaned my tank today and noticed that I've got small flea-like bugs on my frogbit. I also had to prune about half of the leaves off my frogbit because they've been eaten and/or are dying. These bugs are tiny, and they jump around on the water like a flea does on land. I'd take pictures, but the bugs are REALLY small. I don't think I could get a good picture for you.

Any idea what they are and what I need to do to get rid of them?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 07:32 PM
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I got some of these on one of my frogbit covered tanks.

I can't remember what I did to get rid of them....I think maybe I put a glass cover on that tank.

Whatever it was they went away after a while.
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I had these on one of my tanks that I let get covered w/ duckweed. They never went away, but they didn't seem to cause any issues either.
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Once you have them you really can't get rid of them. If they are jumping all over the surface of the water when you bother them they are spring tails. PITA!!! I let mine sit all on the DW then hit them with full strength Glut. every once and a while. Seemed to take the number down but they still lived on for the most part.


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If they're grayish-white: Gammarus shrimp?
If they're black: fruit flies?

Reduce feedings and starve them out so fish will eat them might help.
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Most likely Collembola (Springtails). Don't think they are big enough to eat your frogbit though. Some small surface dwelling fish like to eat them.


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I have these too an I kept the water real clean that seemed to get rid of em. Now they are back but I have been neglecting my tank too.
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