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Hello!

Do any of you perchance keep water bugs in any of your tanks? I recently rescued one from our newly opened pool (hello swamp!), and dropped it in my 5-gallon hex. I am hoping to identify the critter. I am also hoping he will eat 96% of the MTS, but I doubt that will happen. LOL

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"bug" could mean lot of things... pic would definitely help
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It looks just like the guys in the top picture:

http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awes...water_bug.html

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I have enough cockroaches in my apt... no interest in adding any INSIDE my tanks LOL

I've never considered keeping any bugs in aquariums... interesting
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looks like a water scavenger beetle or a diving beetle they will both eat small to medium fish don't think theyll eat your snails i think there meat eaters if you had a pic i could tell you witch one


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Top picture are dytiscids--predaceous. And beetles, not bugs. And a long ways from cockroaches. Keep a lid on. They fly.
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Thanks everyone. I think I am going to let him go. He was in the holding tank that I was saving for my newly arrived Amano shrimo, and I don't think they would get along too well.

I saw him eat a very small MTS, which was pretty impressive. I don't think I am going to release him anywhere near our pool. LOL

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good thinkin... good to see some one who cares about bugs as much as i do


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