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Just set up my first tank:) But what is this thing inside it?:(

So i just finished setting up my very first tank=) I Have a Miracle Gro Oranics choice potting mix substrate topped with gravel and pebbles. I have an aquaclear HOB filter and I just bought all m plants from petsmart( they didnt have nearly the selection I was hoping for so i may order some more, any good places to buy from?) Any way as i was looking at my handy work i noticed the most terrifying bug looking thing ever. Its like a fish and an alien bug had a baby. Basically i was wondering if anyone knows what it is and if its harmful?

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you better get either predator or arnold fast to remove that from your tank
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That is a damsel fly larvae, the feather looking gills in its tail are very unique.

I recommend to buy from vendors here at TPT. I buy all my plants from user H4N and he is very generous, helpful and easy to deal with.

You won't get better deals than here at TPT.

I also recommend you to plant as heavy as possible with at max of 6hr light period. Make sure that you are providing enough oxygen thru good surface agitation.

Good luck!
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Ewww thats creepy, did it fly out? Guess the larvae traveled with the plants? Did u rinse and inspect all your plants before planting them?

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I rinse and inspect all plants before putting it in because there could be snails attached and other unwanted stuff. An old tank broke out with Malaysian Trumpet Snails and it was just a pain in the butt so now I'm always careful.
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Forgot to mention... petmart and petco sometimes sell non aquatic plants as aquarium plants. I have no clue how they sill get away with that.


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Forgot to mention... petmart and petco sometimes sell non aquatic plants as aquarium plants. I have no clue how they sill get away with that.
Thats a shame!! Very boooo

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Looks like a party crasher. Net and set free outside...


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Forgot to mention... petmart and petco sometimes sell non aquatic plants as aquarium plants. I have no clue how they sill get away with that.
That must be how it grows in that weird jelly stuff heh
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the gel is just water holding media, just like growing emersed. It is also used in agriculture and anywhere mold resistant humidity is needed, like cigar humidors

Petsmart has started labeling the terrestrial stuff "semi-aquatic" with around sticker, don't know about Petco.
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Ok as long as its not something thats going to kill me lol I will remove it when i get home hopefully there arent more. Also no I wasnt aware that i needed to rinse plants, how do i do that just for future reference?
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It looks a bit like a grasshopper, i would dip it in chocolate.
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I just use my bucket of tank water after a water change and swish them around and go through the leaves with my hands or run them under a faucet
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the gel is just water holding media, just like growing emersed. It is also used in agriculture and anywhere mold resistant humidity is needed, like cigar humidors

Petsmart has started labeling the terrestrial stuff "semi-aquatic" with around sticker, don't know about Petco.
I just bought a peacock fern from petco labeled "live aquatic plant". The Internet tells me this was a bad idea. It looks pretty for now anyways...
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