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What is this creature?

I trim my foreground plants today to get rid of some BBA. I found a small creature which I cannot recognize. I never brought it. Maybe it comes with planted from LFS. It does not look like shrimp. Does anyone know what it is?

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Hard to tell for sure, but it could be a damselfly nymph.


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dragonfly nymph?
thats what it looks like to me anyway
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I agree with the above two posts. Either a dragonfly or damsel fly nymph. Not really something you want in your tank. They eat small fish and other things in the tank.
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Catch and feed it to your large cichlid fish if you have any; they will gobble them up in no time.

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It is very tiny, only 1/2" length and transparent. Will it grow big? It does not look pretty, but seem no harmful to other fishes and shrimps now. I can't find it any more. It hides somewhere behind the plants now.
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it'll start feeding on your tank inhabitants, shrimp, when it gets larger. looks like a dragonfly nymph


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probably a dragonfly nymph
I would take it out in case it carries and disease or eats anything ect...
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If it's got three long thin or paddle shaped prongs off it's tail (their gills, curiously enough) and a thin abdomen, it's a damselfly nyph. Dragonfly nymphs have a wider abdomen and no or very short prongs on the tail.

Damels don't get as large, aren't quite as voracious, but they'll still happily eat anything they can catch. Very small fish and shrimp are potential prey.
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