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Random bug in tank

Can anyone ID this bug floating around my tank? Im wondering if it flew in from the light or if it grew in my tank. Kinda scary looking. https://youtu.be/ez4eTz5lyKM

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Looks kinda like a damselfly nymph. Although if it's not moving then that's probably just the molt floating around in your tank.
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Google for images of <dragonfly nymph aquarium>
I can't quite tell from your video, but if this is what you have, it's bad news - capture it and get it out of there. Dragonfly nymph/larvae are carnivorous and will eat your fish!
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Well it was most definitely a nymph but how it ended up in my two week old tank is beyond me. I've never seen it before but this one looks dead... so im kind of happy about that. I will take it out and is there anything else I should do to make sure my tank is safe? I don't have fish yet but wanted to get shrimp soon.

Can't find it now for the life of me but it was dead when I saw it. I had the c02 cranked till my drop checker was yellow last night. I hope i killed it offf. But mow after inspecting my tank I noticed small 1mm things crawling up the glass? I think it may be baby snails but they look creepy as well. Oh the joys of keeping aquariums lol. I will Google baby snails but I assumed they had shells not just a gross looking worm. Only 1mm in length if that. And I have about 7 snails in my tank to clean algae.some gooey looking egg sacs on the glass as well. Maybe it is time to release the assassin snail that's hanging out in the 5 gallon crypt tank.

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Well it was most definitely a nymph but how it ended up in my two week old tank is beyond me. I've never seen it before but this one looks dead... so im kind of happy about that. I will take it out and is there anything else I should do to make sure my tank is safe? I don't have fish yet but wanted to get shrimp soon.
if it's dead, remove any parts of its body you found in the tank to ensure it wont decompose and cause any ammonia spikes.

As for the assassin, if they don't bother you, the extra snails will just die out due to lack of food, so you could consider that too
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if it's dead, remove any parts of its body you found in the tank to ensure it wont decompose and cause any ammonia spikes.

As for the assassin, if they don't bother you, the extra snails will just die out due to lack of food, so you could consider that too
I will do my best to find it I just don't have a net as I would have removed it when I saw it floating around. It's likely stuck in plants somewhere. And yea I have not been adding any food to the tank but the snails have been constantly cleaning up the algae in the tank as it's pretty new and hasn't settled in yet, I doubt they will starve with all the detrious from the plants losing the emerged leaves and the althernanathera melting away. I'm still getting a hint of ammonia on the api test kit, but as you say I will need to remove it before it decays.

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Glad you figured out what it was! Since your tank is only 2 weeks old, maybe it came in with some plants?

Some snails aren't too bad - as you pointed out, they are eating the algae.
It seems strange that you have algae already though. You're not feeding anything, and the melting plants shouldn't cause algae as far as I know. What is your substrate? some do cause ammonia spikes and otherwise feed algae. Too much light can also cause algae.
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Glad you figured out what it was! Since your tank is only 2 weeks old, maybe it came in with some plants?

Some snails aren't too bad - as you pointed out, they are eating the algae.
It seems strange that you have algae already though. You're not feeding anything, and the melting plants shouldn't cause algae as far as I know. What is your substrate? some do cause ammonia spikes and otherwise feed algae. Too much light can also cause algae.
Probably came in with the plants I've had all my windows closed since the tanks been setup but I do l live right beside a creek within 20 feet from my window. The algae the snails eat is just more or less grime from the hard water. I did notice tonight after rifling through the tank that I do have green hair algae starting on the monte Carlo In my tank and on the glass if you look really closely.
I have 30 watts of led over this maybe 15 gallon tank.
My substrate is seachem black sand and it was new for this tank.

I tested ammonia tonight and it's clear and actually my tap water tested higher tonight.

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that's nice
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