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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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So I found mosquito larvae in my shrimp tank

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So today I discovered a mosquito larvae swimming in my RCS aquarium. I freaked out and sucked it out of the tank with a syringe and fed it to my harlequins. There are no fish in the RCS aquarium so I can see how it can thrive in there. The water in that tank gets turned over 10 times per hour and is definitely not stagnant. I'm a little worried of having a mosquito breeding house in my living room lol.

Should I consider adding neon tetras ? Mosquito dunks?

Any input would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 12:39 AM
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Surprised you found larvae of anything with a 10x turnover . If you've found just one , and used it to feed your harlequins , then I'd do nothing . Wait and see if there's any more . You've got a few days to get any you find out before they turn into bugs .If more show up , then neons or something else small that won't mess with your shrimp might be a good idea . Don't think I'd mess with dunks , I've used them in my pond and they work great , but they're designed for a much larger body of water than a fish tank and might create water quality problems when they start to break down . Maybe if you cut one up and used a small piece , but adding a few fish is a better solution IMHO.
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I had a tank that has 20x flow powerhead pointed at the surface, one day I walked towards the tank I saw a mosquito took off from the the tank surface. I would prefer some of my tank fishless but so far I have not found a way.

I considered adding fishes to my sump but I ended up making a cover for each compartment, so that could be an option for you.
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