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Old 04-02-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Bug larvae in the tank.. wth


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I was cleaning out my old rusty tank I've kept shrimp in for about a month, since I got me a new one.

I found lots of tiny shrimp - and a green larvae of some sort. Its freezing cold outside, 1m snow and the only insects we have found in the house during winter is flies, a small type of moth and a few spiders.

its about 1 cm long, really thin, bright green. Any ideas what it is and how it ended up in my tank?



Since its tiny I dont think it will have an impact on my shrimp population so for now I let it tag along to the new tank for observation
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if Sweden has Damselflies, but that looks like what you've drawn. You have a nymph stage in your tank. Those large mandibles you drew, it uses those for munching on your shrimp. Right now it's in heaven, steady supply of easy food.

Do a search on here and pics should come up, they always seem to end up in shrimp tanks!

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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Hi!

I was cleaning out my old rusty tank I've kept shrimp in for about a month, since I got me a new one.

I found lots of tiny shrimp - and a green larvae of some sort. Its freezing cold outside, 1m snow and the only insects we have found in the house during winter is flies, a small type of moth and a few spiders.

its about 1 cm long, really thin, bright green. Any ideas what it is and how it ended up in my tank?



Since its tiny I dont think it will have an impact on my shrimp population so for now I let it tag along to the new tank for observation

He can eat that nasty thing
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:37 PM   #4
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Wow, yea there's alot of shrimp tanks with these guys.. I guess the ones who hatch in fishtanks dosent last long.. I feel rather stupid keeping it as I cant find it in the new tank now.. it has its doom coming up though.

I think that dwarf FW shark-baracuda would be rather counterproductive :0

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Old 04-02-2013, 10:02 PM   #5
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It looks nothing like a damsel or dragonfly larvae...I wouldn't be concerned. Probably mayfly or chironomid
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #6
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I managed to catch the little bug-ger

It was almost perfectly blended with my hornworth, had to take all of it out..

From what I can tell from googling it was a pretty young damselfly nymph, which hasent grown a thick torso yet

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i don't have anything useful to add, but the pictures are hilarious
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