Sooo... can't figure out where we put the diatomaceous earth, so dusting with that'll have to wait. Meanwhile, I've added a couple inches of water (to make the tops of the pots more accessible) and deployed the Rivulus killies. Not sure that they're actually eating the aphids, but they do seem to enjoy lurking just under the waterline in the gaps between the pots...
I also plucked a couple yellowing leaves covered in aphids (they're killing leaves now!!!! D
and placed them in the salamanders' box. Unlike the lazy Rivulus, the sallies are very enthusiastic about hunting down their aphids.
I've acquired a third salamander today, courtesy of his spontaneously appearing in one of my tanks. That seems to be my primary method of obtaining herps: they like crawling into my tanks overnight and surprising me when I look in there the next day... this new sally is a thin, scrawny little critter, so I waved an aphid-covered leaf in his face until I saw him lap a couple of them up.
He's a cutie.
Gordon, several of your, er, "spiderbros" have already taken up residence in one of the upper corners of the tub. They don't seem to be very effective in the aphid-killing department, but I'm ignoring them because they're small and harmless. I'm actually rather arachnophobic... at least when it comes to big spiders. :P