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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-12-2003, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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I was doing some general maintanence on my tank, cleaning some algae off of a bit of java moss when some of the algae got away from me and lighted upon some of my rotalla. I started to make another grab for it until I realized that this "algae" had eyeballs.

It looks a little something like this picture: http://rol.freenet.columbus.oh.us/Insects_Nymph.gif

I'm not sure where it came from, what it means, or what he might be doing to my tank, but apparently this is a damselfly nymph.
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awwww. it means your tank is healthy! and that it has a food source. are damselfly nymphs predaceous like dragonflies? are you going to rear out an adult? i'd love to get some insects in my tank (except for the tiny flies i had breeding in it for a while--they're no fun) but so many of the exciting ones are predaceous and i don't know how i'd feed them. and the small ones, of course, are fish food.

once i caught a bunch of aquatic beetles (adults) and bugs (large nymps/adults) and put them in my tank. they all were eaten or flew away except for a hydrophilid who stayed and lived off fish food for a few months. the others were mostly predators anyway and wouldn't have made it. but vegetarian diving beetles are really fun. mine was about an inch and a half long captured at a parking lot light in B-CS (the soggy part of texas for those who think it's all el paso desert).

texas has wonderful insects. even the fire ants are kinda neat.
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dude those dragonfly nymphs are nasty. <----from California so i say Dude

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What makes them so bad?
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i just didn't like them hanging around my tank. you know what else i had? i had these little red wiggly worms that hung out underneath the substrate and built tunnels and you could see the tunnels built from mulm ...it reminded me of the opening of a wasps nest. anyway anyone seen that before???

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People with reef tanks go to great effort to populate their substrates with all kinds of worms- should be ok here to I would think.

Damselfly larvae are predacious like the dragonflies, I believe.
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Don't they get eaten by your fish... :?
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no, they are too fast, my fast fish can't catch up and then they lose them in the plants.

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