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    This morning, when I was doing my rounds, checking on the froggies, I noticed some itty bitty tiny little white bugs in the substrate by the glass in Paddy's tank. I mean, so tiny I could barely see what they were.

    What could that be?? Mites? I have a lot of live plants in there (and now live worms!) Is it something that would hurt my frog of my viv?

    I could move her to the new viv if it is something bad, but I moved a bunch of her plants to the new viv too, likely transporting whatever this is.
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    Default Re: Itty Bitty white bugs

    Sounds like springtails, they are harmless and will help to break down wastes in the tank.
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    How did they occur naturally in my tank?? Not that I'm complaining if that's what they are! I was going to buy some LOL
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    They probably came in on your plants and/or substrate.
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    Awesome, works for me! I just looked at a picture of sprintails (one of those close up drawings) and that's definitely what they are. Yay me! Now I don't have to buy them and pay the shipping LOL
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    Also...are they going to grow bigger? I've heard some frogs will eat them, but these things are too small for even my smallest frog!
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    Depends on the species, but none of them will get big enough to interest your greys.
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    Okay good to know. Leggy is still very small in comparison to the others, but he has grown a lot since I got him.
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    If they are kind of spherical then they are mites. Mites are everywhere and are harmless. That kind are not parasitic.
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    Thank you guys, you really put my mind at ease!!
    2.2.0 Hyla versicolor "Eastern Gray Tree Frogs"
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