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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-06-2014, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Bugs?

Swimmimg on top of my floating plants. All you can see is movement in the tank, but under the microscope ( we homeschool so I have one . It is lime green six legs Beatle looking with two very active antennae and two small spokes out the back side.

Any guesses? Can't find a picture of it on line and can't take one cause their too small to show up.

Is it gonna hurt the plants or fish?

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"...2 small spokes out of the back..."

Aphids have this structure. Don't remember what it is called.
Aphids do not go under water (except by accident).
Fish will gobble aphids like candy.

There are certainly other bugs it could be, too.
Google some images of Springtails. These are a lot more aquatic than aphids!
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Water boatman? Backswimmer?
They are very colorful, and I see them in swimming pools sometimes.
The "oars" can look like spokes.

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Sounds like Aphididae. As for water boatmen and backswimmers, I don't know of any corixids or notonectids that are green or have cornacles jutting out the back. Aphids won't hurt the fish, and make for tasty snacks if they're caught. They *will* damage your plants though, and reproduce VERY quickly.
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I think I agree, they do look like aphids, I do see some darker ones, brown or black floating on leaves. Now I have duckweed and hornwort floating. How do I get rid of them?

I had to medicate my tank due to popeye on neons so I am recycling the tank now, which means I really need these plants to help with the ammonia spikes.

I have tetras and ottos in the tank and various other submerged, planted plants.

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Slosh the plants around under the water as often as you can.
This will wash off the aphids and the fish will eat them.
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