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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Help: Caterpillar attack

Tank A almost 5g

35cm x 21cm x 23cm
11w aqua zonic led
Diy co2
Hob filter

Laterite capped with black sand

Dwarf hairgrass
Glosso
Anubias petite
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Pearlweed (not sure)
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala najensan
Ludwigia arcuata (not sure)
Staurogyne repens
Java moss on driftwood
Swordplant like at the back

6 neon tetras
1 otocinclus
1 nerite


Tank B 5 gallon

40cm x 20cm x 25cm
6w JDA led
Hob filter

Soil capped with black sand

Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Dwarf hairgrass
Cryptocoryne wendtii (not sure)
Hygrophila balsamica
Dwarf ambulia
Ludwigia red (not sure)
Ludwigia palustris
Cabomba
Foxtail
Parrot's feather
Riccia on rock
Some anubias & rotala cuttings

6 rcs
Pair of endler
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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A few weeks ago, i saw a caterpillar in tank A. It was eating my anubias! I caught it and threw it out the window.

Yesterday i saw 1 more making a cocoon out of my plants.

Now in tank B i caught 4 more, again making a cocoon.

Size of caterpillar is more or less 1cm. Hairy when underwater. Moves fast in water so i only took a picture after i caught it.

Has anyone experienced this before?

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I threw these two out the window. The other two i placed in a closed jar with water and java moss just to see what they will become.
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They are a kind of Acentropinae. They live in wetlands.
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I cannot offer advice, but if you want to borrow my ACME Brand Planted Tank Flame Thrower it's available.
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Wow! Thanks ryry! I'm glad they are just butterflies and not pests. Just have to remove them whenever i see one. Now i know that there are water caterpillars
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I cannot offer advice, but if you want to borrow my ACME Brand Planted Tank Flame Thrower it's available.
haha! Burn them all!
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Any chance of cleared closer up photos of the caterpillars and the plant damage?

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Any chance of cleared closer up photos of the caterpillars and the plant damage?
I can help! These are photos I found online. Acentropinae caterpillars can be hairly and non-hairly, depend on the species.





They are very hungry caterpillars. They eat, eat, eat soft leaves, harder leaves, sometimes stems and even roots. They are fairly common in Asia. Luckily, US aquarists don't really have to encounter them.

I would scream if I see them in my tank. I hate caterpillars...
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Oh they are around in the US. I've had them twice and I keep my tanks in CT. Unfortunately I didn't take good photos of them and have not been able to add them to deficiencyfinder.com as an entry. I was hoping for some good pics and permission to use them. They aren't very common, I've only had them twice in the last 16 or 17 years.

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Oh I see. Let me send a message to the person who has the first photo. He might let you add to the webside. The second photo was taken by someone who hasn't updated his blog for sixe years.
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Thanks that would be great! The more the better. It would be nice to see them eating the plants inside the tank in position.

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Thanks that would be great! The more the better. It would be nice to see them eating the plants inside the tank in position.

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