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Can anyone tell me what monster is this? (Is it dragonfly larvae?)

So I have a hitchhikers in my planted aquarium.
I don't know what creature is this.
It was looked like an underwater spider.
Googled it, and I think it kinda resemble dragonfly larvae.. but can't be confirmed.
Is it dragonfly larvae?
If it really dragonfly larvae would it attack shrimp/fish?
Should I removed it from the aquarium?
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It's a dragonfly larva. It's a predator, and will eat shrimp and small fish.


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It's a dragonfly larva. It's a predator, and will eat shrimp and small fish.
Thanks for the reply..
there are 3 that can be seen inside tank. One is eating/hunting some kind of worm (also a hitchhikers) in the subtrate.. I'll remove it after the feast, I guess.
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They're fascinating larvae, but quite scary looking. Not sure what you have in your aquarium, it may be fun to see them mature and turn into dragonflies. If you have shrimp, fish or other occupants that you don't want to disappear, you'll want to move the larva out. Personally I'd move them to a fish bowl or mason jar with some plants and feed them and see what happens. Here's a link on how to raise them.


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If you do decide to raise them, make sure they can get out of the room when they eventually turn into dragonflies. Speaking from prior experience here as even though I left a window open, it still didn't stop me from finding dead damselflies behind furniture for weeks after. They're super interesting though, once you get past the scary looks.

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