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Mosquito Larvae Solution

Was doing some tank cleaning, and a couple mosquitoes flew up when I moved the hood. I got what I saw flying, but as I was looking at the hornwort floating, i noticed larvae from some of the branches. I have no top dwelling fish at the moment, but looking to add some. It's a 30 gallon tank, so looking for a school of smallish fish for the top quadrant. Are neon tetras adequate solution for eating mosquito larvae, or what other options of species have worked well for others, and always stay near the top that will discourage future infestations?

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Bettas stay near the top and in nature mosquito larvae is a huge staple of their diet. I've even seen mine try to jump out of the water to catch a fruit fly once.

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Was doing some tank cleaning, and a couple mosquitoes flew up when I moved the hood. I got what I saw flying, but as I was looking at the hornwort floating, i noticed larvae from some of the branches. I have no top dwelling fish at the moment, but looking to add some. It's a 30 gallon tank, so looking for a school of smallish fish for the top quadrant. Are neon tetras adequate solution for eating mosquito larvae, or what other options of species have worked well for others, and always stay near the top that will discourage future infestations?
Neons tend to stay in the middle portion of an aquarium. I think a couple of guppies or endler's will work. You can just get males if you don't want to have to deal with fry.
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Most smallish to midsize fish would be happy about mosquito larvae. Neons are one example of many. Once they get the idea they will also pick them up from the top. (Black) mosquito larvae dive down when disturbed, which makes them easy targets for fish in the lower areas of the tank.


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Appreciate the input. I also have cherry barbs, otos and a BN Pleco.

None of these should be a problem with neons I don't think, but would there be issues with fin nipping from the cherries on the betta or guppies?

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Killifish love mosquito larve

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Hatchets would probably make quick work of them, perhaps even the mosquitos on the surface...
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I vote neons or killifish, although killifish might jump if you don't have a good lid
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I vote neons or killifish, although killifish might jump if you don't have a good lid

i've lost more kills to cats standing on the lid and going fishing, than to killis jumping when it was open top.

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it is amazing to see my angle fish grab a mosquito off the surface some day I will get video of them.


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I agree with Nightspell. Hatchets would take care of the problem and you can have a decent size school in a 30g. Just be sure to have a tight lid because they will jump. Floating plants help them feel more secure.
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