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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-06-2018, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Mosquitoes in Shrimp Tank

Houston we have a problem!!! I have discovered mosquito larvae in my shrimp tank! I turned the pump on high (had been on low) and scooped out what I could. OMG! I am sure thats what it is, used my kids' microscope. What do I do? Can't put in fish to eat them, dont want to kill my shrimp. But definitely can't be a mosquito breeder either..... help!

I have a Spec 5, no upgrades, planted with a number of different things, a nerite snail, and water parameters are normal (I have hard water, not RO) Thx in advance.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-06-2018, 01:03 PM
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Manually remove as many as you can. If they're all hanging near the surface like in your picture, then a protein skimmer would work, if you have one handy. Otherwise, you might just need to use a small cup to skim the surface and collect them. You could probably even use one of those plastic framed mesh coffee filters as well. They can be found at most grocery stores.

To avoid future problems, tilt your output nozzle up so it creates surface agitaion. You should see slight ripples along the complete surface of water. Mosquito larvae only hatch in still water.
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Okay, mosquito larvae hatches from eggs laid by MOSQUITO'S. So do you have a mosquito problem in your home?!

Solve the problem at the root cause and get/keep mosquito's out of your home. (Lyme disease and Triple E are big issues around here!)

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Thx! I skimmed last night then put press & seal over the tank vs just the lid. Glad I did! Probably 2 dozen had finished hatching and were stuck to the press & seal when they tried to fly away! Skimmed again & lowered the water level for more surface movement. Before it wasn't totally wavy at the farthest part of the tank corners but didn't bother me. We have only had like 3 mosquitoes in the house this season then this. Crazy!
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