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aphids or springtails?

Just curious what this pest is... Planning on just getting rid of all the floating plants in the two tanks that are infested with these, then introducing them again from a different tank. Maybe I should bring them all out to a pile outside and burn them for satisfaction...



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Or... Put some ladybugs in =P
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I think those are aphids, some of them look to be the winged form while the others are wingless.... not sure how you can get rid of them, normally it's a spray off with water and or some soapy water so perhaps try rinsing them?
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I tried dunking/rinsing the plants, and the little buggers could sure hold on to those leaves...
Either way, those two tanks are now free of floaters. Will wait a bit before introducing any more, if at all, to be sure the bugs are all gone.
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Hooray for Aphidae! Those are aphids, the white stuff is cast off cuticle from molts. I can't see any winged reproductives, which doesn't mean anything to aphids. They can go through thirty-nine generations of parthenogenesis before needing to resort to sexual mating. Sternorrhyncha are just cool like that.
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TY for the ID guys.
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No problem, glad to hear it worked out for you. I've got a greenhouse of plants full of aphids right now, little buggers.
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I'm surprise the fish don't eat them. I wonder if any of the aquarium fish eats them?
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I'm sure the fish would eat them if they fell in the water, but being on top of the floating plants, the fish can't get to them...
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Now for a real challenge... whats the species? Aphids can be little buggers to get rid of once they get going. They also can transmit viruses like many of the potyvirus. CMV probably has the broadest species range.
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Yeah, I don't even go so far as to claim genus without having seen it for myself under the scope.
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Chicken... come on go out on a limb and positively identify it on from a random picture on the internet. LOL

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