Found a UFO in my sump today, preying mantis shrimp/snake? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Found a UFO in my sump today, preying mantis shrimp/snake?

What in the world is this thing and how did it end up in my sump?
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I think that's a young dragon fly.
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Looks like a damselfly nymph to me. Pretty cool!
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Beware it prays on alevins and very small fishes, anything it can eat.

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Mayfly nymph, they almost all have 3 tails.

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I'm quite sure that's either a dragonfly or damselfly nymph. They love to eat small fish.

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We have a slender type of mayfly here, but yes, more likely damselfly

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Thanks everybody! Wonder how it got in my sump? Especially the one part of the sump that has a lid. Weird.

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Thanks everybody! Wonder how it got in my sump? Especially the one part of the sump that has a lid. Weird.
It came with the plants most likely.


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I've had these damsel fly nymphs before, take them out with tweezers esp if you have breeding shrimp! I believe I had one fly in my house and end up laying eggs in my tank, I didn't introduce anything new to my tank for over 6 weeks when those things started popping up. Or just leave them and watch 'em transform! >_<

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Something tells me you shouldn't leave it in your tank

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