Help about my terarium setup.

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Hi, recently i have noticed a few very small flys in my salamanders enclosure. They are much too small to take a photo of and i wouldn't think they are of any harm. My question is, Are they harmful? Do these occur often?
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If they're breeding in the terrarium you might want to clean it. If you just find a few in there it shouldn't be too big of a deal. In the summer I find small flies in my tanks with screen lids from time to time, but they probably come in from outside.
 

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It's likely that they are fungus gnats. I find these to be a pain in the neck. The only harm they could do is to cause a bit of stress to the salamanders, if the gnats are present in large numbers.

It would help to change the substrate, but it's likely the gnats will be back within a couple of weeks. If you want to eradicate them for longer, you would have to sterilize everything going into the tank, and then keep the tank covered with a snugly-fitted piece of cloth (like the kind of cloth from an old bedsheet). I do this with my terrestrial tubs and it sometimes keeps the gnats from getting in for a long time. But once they are inside, the cloth becomes pointless.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Im just releaved to find that they are as commom as i hoped them to be and that it isn't that Im doing something wrong.
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Allen.
 
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