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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 02:02 AM
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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 02:30 AM
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Never seen underwater maggots before....

There's a picture of a maggot looking critter top right photo if you follow this link.....

http://sunsite.ualberta.ca/Projects/...rates/?Page=42

The photo you posted is not clear enough, but I'll guess it's some sort of lepidopteran larvae that will turn into a moth. Watch the leaves on your plants, if there's chunks cut out of it, it's definitely a aquatic caterpillar.

I've only seen a few in my tank, but seems like you have over a dozen of these cocoon like critters.

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They are gliding along the surface, the more I watch them, the more I think the round ones are swollen versions of the flatworm things. I've stuck a couple of dwarf gouramis in the tank for the moment hoping they will start eating them and I'll see if I can get rid of as many as possible through siphoning. I don't own a turkey baster (as I usually use a brush to baste my chickens and turkeys! ) but will definitely be investing in one for fishy purposes as it seems a really good way of getting stuff off the bottom of a nano like that.

I'm guessing they came in on a java moss ball as that is where they seem to be congregating. I bought 3 from the same LFS that were in different tanks, one of the others I was lucky enough to have fish eggs that hatched into fry! Only one survived (As it was purely a planted tank and didn't even think to look for fish in it!!!!) but I'd take that over those wormy things anyday. I HATE WORMS!!

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post #20 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 10:46 AM
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Get some clown loaches if your tank is big enough, they will love to munch on things like that.

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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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So I had put a pair of dwarf gouramis I had in another tank in there and things seem a lot better. Still a few stragglers. I think you're right about corys maybe? But the tank is just a nano so I worry about putting anything like that in there. What do you guys suggest?

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So I had put a pair of dwarf gouramis I had in another tank in there and things seem a lot better. Still a few stragglers. I think you're right about corys maybe? But the tank is just a nano so I worry about putting anything like that in there. What do you guys suggest?
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Uhh they actually look too big to be eaten by corydoras.....so I would go loaches or some small catfish.....but I didn't read if u did it or not remove the shrimp when u add those badboys.
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post #23 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Nope,didn't remove the shrimp when I put the gouramis in, it was only a temp measure but seemed quite effective. I also now removed the java moss ball that may have been the source of the worms. Think I'll take the gouramis out now and see what happens. If I notice more coming back I can always put them back in.

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+1 on using what you already have and congratulations on taking care of the problem.

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For future reference, we used No Planaria and it did the trick! Stuff is amazing and didn't have any problems with my shrimpies. Yay!

Still working on getting the tank into shape after all this mess though. Always a long recovery, isn't it?

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