MITES help!!

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MITES help!!

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Well i fed my crab a grape yesterday and tonight i replaced the grape. I saw there were like tiny white things on the grape. I thought it was sand but i dont use sand :o Then They were moveing!!!! I hurried and threw the grape away and washed my hands! I dont see then any where els on in the tank but they were all over that grape. They were tiny tiny little white dots that looked just like sand/salt. What should i do and what are they??

Its too late at night to do anything to day and i am out of sunbstrait right now D:
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You might have to take all the crabs out and clean everything especially the bedding.
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They could be booklice, which if I'm not mistaken, are actually beneficial to your tank since they eat mold. They sound very similar to what I have had in my EE
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Well i checked the crab and he had none on him... And I dont see anymore of those little mite things in the tank so i might wait a couple more days and see if i can find anymore. If i do then i will give the crab a bath and boil the bedding. But do u give the crab a bath in saltwater or fresh water??
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I'd say salt, but there's no guarantee that all the mites will be flushed out.
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Well last night i put a grape in the tank again. This morning i checked and no mites on it. :) So hopefuly they died or went away.
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