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Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by jaybeepee, 10 Nov 2010.

  1. jaybeepee

    jaybeepee

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    Hi All,

    I have a question about air bugs like moths, beetles, etc..... lets call them 'outverts' :D

    Anyway - Having most of my tank and sump in the garage is pretty cool becuase I dont have to have cupboards and other enclosures. The result is that my tank and sump dont have covers. I often find all sorts od dead bugs floating on the surface. My questions:

    1. I'd imagine if left to decompose these bugs would contribute to DOCs and eventually nutrients in the water?
    2. should I be worried about them excreting toxins into the water?

    Probably one of the more strange questions on the forum but I was just wondering. Any idea?

    ps. I dont really want to close my tank and sump as it offers a nice cooling effect

    Cheers
    Jason
     
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  3. Lycan

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    I have often wodered the same thing ... ?
     
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    MYN is also in the garage also got jigaboos in my sump my sump is 800l
     
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    i get plenty.. I just fish them out daily
     
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    I also just fished them out daily - keep a small net nearby.
     
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    With my tank in the Lapa outside, I also get a lot of unwelcome insects.
    Taking them out should not be a problem. I do not think that they are any good either as on the reefs deep out at sea, there is no flying insects that fall into the sea.
    So there is no natural predators in the sea eating land based insects. Sure bristle worms will or could sort out a moth or two, but not every night. And they tend to float, making it harder for cleanup crew to actually dispose of the dead insects.

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    My problem is - where was that insect before it got to your tank? Especially those pesty hard shelled Christmas beetles. They eat Rose leaves amongst other things. And did your neighboor use insecticied on his rose bushes?

    Try to enclose your lights units. I used small pieces of black ABS sheeting so that the sump lights do not attract the incests from 50meters away. That helped a lot.
     
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