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What is this bug????

I've had my planted tank set up for about 5 weeks now; I was looking today and found this thing in there! Caught it and put it my hospital tank for the time being; freaky looking thing ...any ideas? looks like a bug....good or bad?
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It looks to be a dragonfly larvae to me (not featured in the above article.) It's a rather voracious predator, so it's best to keep it isolated from anything you care to keep alive.

It's difficult to be certain from your picture, but this is how they usually look:
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Dragonfly larvae was my first thought as well. As already said they can be voracious, eating small minnows and the like in the wild.


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It looks to be a dragonfly larvae to me (not featured in the above article.) It's a rather voracious predator, so it's best to keep it isolated from anything you care to keep alive.

It's difficult to be certain from your picture, but this is how they usually look:
Thanks guys a gals this forum Rocks! That's it! So what should I do with it? I sure as H*ll do not want it! So if there is one is there others?
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Dragonfly nymps are good because they eat mosquito larvae in the wild. If you have a small body of water near by then you might want to let it go so that it can help keep the mosquitos at bay.
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Or chop it up and feed it to your fish!
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Dragonfly nymps are good because they eat mosquito larvae in the wild. If you have a small body of water near by then you might want to let it go so that it can help keep the mosquitos at bay.

you should never ever turn stock from your tank loose in the wild!

many extremely destructive and expensive exotic species introductions have happened that way.
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puchisapo has a good point. Could be destructive if it isn't native to your area (especially if it were to reproduce).
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Or chop it up and feed it to your fish!
I like Bugboys suggestion! I hope this will bugger did not clear out all my Cherry Shrimp!
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