The black stuff is worm poo , castings, I mean..lol. I figured they could eat it and I could recycle it after they are out of ISO. I released H. Miles predatory mites, 1/4 a litre in ISO and half a litre in the main tat. All were clear of mites (violas and E's). 1 into had mites, or maybe two. They were dead white mites floating in the salt bath. No movement. One indo changed shells. I checked the shell and it was free of mites which is a good sign. Yes I will be combining the species. Has anyone here had any negative experiences? I know that Indos are shallow molters and violas dig up molters, but I know a couple people that have had success Thanks everyone!! I can finally REST!!! Hope the people that are waiting get theirs soon!!
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Oct 19, 2012 12:33:26 GMT -5
Oh wow! That means they're even smaller than I thought for the castings to look like gravel, lmso!
I normally would say that violas should be kept separately. It isn't just that they dig up molters, but they are also active hunters as opposed to being scavengers. They also just don't usually play well with others; sometimes even other violas, hh. In the wild, all species segregate themselves away from other species 98% of the time but with them being so small, I wouldn't worry about it right now.
Are you certain there were no other mites? That's awfully soon to put new crabs into general population, so to speak.
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I am waiting at least 2 weeks until I introduce them. I haven't seen any mites, just yet. But I released an entire can of h. miles so that should take care of that since they have no where to burrow. Active hunters? The indos are def. picking on the violas as far as I can see. I've had to separate them a couple times. But they are so teeny. The opening of their shell is the size of a half a dime to give you a visual.
thank you,i do too,im hoping i dont get a butt load of mites with them,i have not ever had mites on any of my crab's so this is something i am trying to learn how to be prepared,now i dont know if you do or dont have mites,i hope you dont for your crabs sake,seems to be a stressful thing for them to have.
It's funny hearing that Indo's are being the bully's. Mine are so gentle but then again I've had mine for a while now. My Indo's very seldom dig and don't bury very deep at all. Usually when they bury it's under stuff.
Just for future reference where did you buy your predatory mites from?
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