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Ecosystem in the tank

Had anyone little bugs that hop on top of the water in their tank (smaller than gnat)? Iím ok with increasing the diversity of life in the water but now Iíve got a spider that has setup shop and is munching on the bugs. If it werenít in the bedroom I wouldnít mind but Iím starting to feel like Iím getting one of every creature in there.

The fish (angels, cardinals, mollies, SAEís) wonít touch them! Are there any other bug eaters I should try adding? Or do I just need to learn to appreciate greater diversity?
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You could try some hatchet fish. They are top feeders but I don't know if they would be able to see the insects....
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It sounds like you have an open top. Hatchet Fish and most anything, which would eat bugs from the surface, will jump out of the tank. I have heard of people finding Hatchets quite far from their tanks.


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i have these in one tank, they are springtails and as they are so small and dont break the water surface i doubt fish will eat them but they are completely harmless. i drained the water out of the tank they were in and left the algae on the sides for them to eat and that tank is now a springtail culture for frogs.
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Good guess! I do have an open top. I keep about 3in from the top of the aquarium to the water is this sufficient to prevent jumpers? Also the tank is a roomy 125g to they should feel comfortable in moving around.
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I have seen my Whiteclouds chasing springtails at the surface, I'm not sure if they actually catch them.
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Jimmy; Use Australian Rainbows, they're good for eating Springtails and duckweed. I used to keep tanks just to raise duckweed to get them to breed. They'd clean out most tanks for any surface dwelling bugs and plants..Jim
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I thought you were pulling my leg about the bug eating plant! That would be cool. Anyone ever had one or know where to get one?

Rainbows are beautiful fish but I think they like hard water. Ours is really soft.

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Yeah. where can I get that bug eating plant?
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The only problem with this plant is that it is said to grow in 6.2 and below ph.
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