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  • So annoyed...slugs in my viv

    I found slugs in my 2 month old planted viv today. I'm so annoyed. I live at home and unfortunately my mother was there to see me take them out. She is now freaking out. I bought from NE Herp thinking that I wouldn't end up with creepy crawlies. I'm not sure what the best way to get rid of them is, or even if I have to take the whole thing down and start over, or get rid of my plants. Sooo frustrated and annoyed right now.
    1.2.1 Cresties Guinness Bacardi Kahlua & Amaretto
    1.0.0 leopard gecko Ares
    0.2.0 Gargoyle Belladonna TBD
    ...and rats, cats, dogs, chinchillas, a parakeet, 2 Amazon parrots, and a Blue & gold macaw
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    did you sterilize everything? where did you get the substrate and components for your viv? if any of it is from outside/left somewhere in your house dark and damp, there's your answer!

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    • #3
      You could try co2 sterilization, it's plant safe and supposedly works well for slugs.

      Just put the inhabitants in a temporary home, and place a jar with warm water and some dry ice into the bottom of the viv. It will start to produce a sinking co2 fog that drives the oxygen from the tank. Leave it in there for a few hours, air out the tank fully, and put the gecko back in.

      Assuming everything worked right, you should have a slug free viv. As an added plus, the co2 will give your plants a boost of growth. My only worries would be that plants can outgrow their root systems if left in a overly Co2 enriched atmosphere for an extended period of time, and that there may be eggs that survive the dry ice treatment.

      Personally, I would do the dry ice treatment, then follow it with another treatment a couple weeks later to kill any newly hatched pests.

      Here is a good article on ridding a dart frog tank of millipedes with co2:
      http://www.orchidboard.com/eliminate...pests-with-co2

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      • #4
        I also had a slug problem in my crestie tank thanks to some garden transplants (from the second floor porch - no idea how they got up there). I really didn't find this more than a temporary nuisance. The slugs would show up near the water dish, I'd take them out and toss them in the fish pond. Eventually, fat fish and no more slugs.

        Aliza

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        • #5
          Will the co2 treatment kill springtails? I wanna do this to rid my cage or gnats but Dnt wanna lose my microfauna

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          • #6
            Everything I put in the tank was from NE Herp. I emailed them and they suggested the dry ice thing. And yes it will kill all microfauna. They were really helpful.
            1.2.1 Cresties Guinness Bacardi Kahlua & Amaretto
            1.0.0 leopard gecko Ares
            0.2.0 Gargoyle Belladonna TBD
            ...and rats, cats, dogs, chinchillas, a parakeet, 2 Amazon parrots, and a Blue & gold macaw
            http://mbcreaturechronicles.weebly.com/

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