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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Did you do this in the dark? The O2 generated from photosynthesis might be enough for the mites to live on.
    just make sure to use lots of CO2, if you can add it faster than the plants can convert it you can generally get by it....may have to do a couple rounds of it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    Did you do this in the dark? The O2 generated from photosynthesis might be enough for the mites to live on.
    Yup - for this reason. However, it wasn't me that had the mites (I had tiny aphids). The original poster in the link tried to use it for mites (in his 2nd attempt) but they survived. I believe he even went for 2 days. At least one follow-up poster also stated the same issue w/ mites.

    Although CO2 is heavier than air, I typically have some dense, waterlogged media in my tanks. After my original dosing, I try to follow up again with another dose and hour or 2 later & possibly another after that - specifically so the concentration of CO2 remains high, even after oxygen is slowly diffused out of other materials.

    In addition to raising the visibility of this method/ approach, one of my reasons for posting was to get feedback on how it works as other people try it and how it does against other pests - mites, thrips, mealybugs, etc. I haven't seen any info on the last 2...
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    I fogged some of my vivariums around the same time frame so I'll go over my results here also just to keep them all in the same place.

    I have/had a few fruit fly like bugs, some garden worms (still don't know where they are coming from), and some small centipeds. The fogging killed most but not all of the centipeds, fruit fly's, but didn't really bother the worms. I had some spiders living in the hydroton also, they are all dead . They were eating the other bugs and never moved up into the rest of the tank. The perfect house guests until I killed them.

    I too would say my plants experienced a very rapid growth spurt, and none of them seem to have any ill effects from the fogging. I'm currently working on a trial system to "play around" with adding CO2 into a vivarium due to the results from the dry ice experience, it was that dramitic.

    I might see 1 bug for every 20 I used to see, I have not done a 2nd fogging yet.

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    I'm looking for dry ice and I just can't find it being sold. Any ideas?

    Whaddya think of this online offering?

    http://www.webstaurantstore.com/reus.../45024001.html

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    Ron,
    I, like Pyro, have read that on a dart forum somewhere in the past.... great idea to rid any unwanted pests.

    Are you sure they where aphids and not springtails? Springtails typically do not bother plants at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    I'm looking for dry ice and I just can't find it being sold. Any ideas?


    Around here our local Meijer sells it near the entrance for $5 a lb.

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    I find these guys in the supermarkets around Los Angeles:

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgecko View Post
    Are you sure they where aphids and not springtails? Springtails typically do not bother plants at all.
    Initially I wasn't even certain they were bugs, they were so small and the 1st ones I noticed (on a flower stalk) didn't move for a few days. Then they moved. Then I got out my loupe. From what I could tell, they were aphids - the smallest I've ever seen. Definitely not springtails. I've got good populations of those in most of my tanks also. I suspect that the U. warburgii would have been dead in a few weeks had I not intervened. I'm very happy with this process & plan to use it again if I find any pests. I'm very curious to hear the results of others - especially on other types of pests - thrips, scale, mealybugs...
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