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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Aphids on my floaters!

I've got an aphid infestation on my floaters!

Do you have any advice?
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Have the same problem... I did try taking out all the floaters, letting the tank go without for a week or so, then introduced new, clean floaters. By the time the floaters spread a bit, they were infested with aphids again... so if you try that, gotta be thorough and get them off any sides of the tank, HOB, or whatever else they might hide on.
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You should hatch a praying mantis egg cluster on them =P
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Most aphidae have a life span of up to twenty days so removing plants for one week isn't going to help if you missed any. Did they come in on the floaters when you added them or are they from another nearby plant host?
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I've tried a few things to kill aphids on my floaters. Diatomaceous earth worked if it didn't get wet and clump up. However, discarding any infested floaters then submerging the ones without any visible signs of aphids for a few days worked even better. Since floaters grow at an exponential rate, you only need one or two healthy plants to start all over.

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Pin them underwater in a net or something for a couple of days. Aphids can't breathe underwater.

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I agree with those that say put the plants under water. If you have fish in the tank, they will eat them.

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