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To bad he wasn't friendly.. it was kind of cool looking.. I still havent seen him since the first sighting
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Congrats! The shrimp now hold you as a false idol. I hear they're going to build a monument to you. J/K ...or am I?

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Dragon and damselflies are among the most interesting insects one can keep. They're quite aware of their environment. Bright for a bug.

One day maybe I'll get lucky enough to have one stowaway.

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I have one for you. Will post a pic in a few.
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I have one for you. Will post a pic in a few.
Still waiting!

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Sorry. Wouldn't let me upload a pic from my phone. Had to d/l to my desktop.
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Ugh!! those things are so creepy looking! I had to pull one out of my shrimp tank too... gross!!!
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Lol. Just feed them until they become a dragonfly. Then let them fly around the house or release them into the wild.
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I had read that a nymph could stay that way for up to 2 years! I don't think my shrimp would last that long.
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Yeah you'd have to keep them in another tank.
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If you find one in your tank there are more..... They can lay eggs fomr 10-30... I thought i only had 5. when i tore the tank down total found was 15 alive and 2 that i found dead 2 days prior.

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Re: ID this mysterious creature

Speaking of things that look like spiders, check out one of my freshwater crabs:


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If you find one in your tank there are more..... They can lay eggs fomr 10-30... I thought i only had 5. when i tore the tank down total found was 15 alive and 2 that i found dead 2 days prior.
You had nymphs, and nymphs can't lay eggs because they aren't sexually mature. You were unlucky enough to get plants from someone who had an adult damselfly go "hog-wild" in their plants before shipping them off to you.

The picture in this thread is actually of a dragonfly nymph, while yours were damselfly nymphs (same insect order but different families). The dragonfly nymphs are bigger, and I'll betting the adult dragonflies don't lay as many eggs as do the damselflies. Damselflies are pretty prolific.

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