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I set up a small 2.5 gallon a couple of months ago. Just grabbed a few plants from a local pond to see what would happen. I got a ton of snails now and minimal plant growth.

Tonight however, I found this thing. Any ideas? It's between 3/4" and an 1"



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damselfly nymph, they are predatory and eat small fish and shrimp

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It's a mayfly larva or damselfly. Either way get it out

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Thanks for the responses. Right now the only things in the tank are a bunch of snails and a few plants. Thought it was interesting as this has been set up for close to, if not more than two months now and I just saw it for the first time yesterday.
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I found a bright green one in my java moss just now and tried to get it out but it squiggled back in before i could grab it. Scared the living **** out of me. Should i rinse out all the java moss in the sink to get rid of the damn thing?
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I found a bright green one in my java moss just now and tried to get it out but it squiggled back in before i could grab it. Scared the living **** out of me. Should i rinse out all the java moss in the sink to get rid of the damn thing?
I would rinse it. If it is too fast, turn the aquarium light off and after a few seconds turn it back on. Then you can net it. This worked for me when I had some in my new hornwort. I still find one every now and then and it has been about 3 months since the new plants were added.
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