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insects on top of water????!!!

So I've been gone this past weekend and when I came home I did not notice anything wrong. This morning when I got up to look at the tank. I opened the hood and notice little insects on top of the water. Looked like flying ones (had wings). They were pretty small. I scooped them all out and trashed them.... Any ideas?

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free fish food. Mosquitoes?
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ugh.. MOsquitoes?! i live in a condo.. I REALLY hope they aren't mosquitoes!!

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I have something siilar, but I'm unsure what they are. I doubt they're mosquitos. You would see the larvae first.
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Not mosqiuitos unless your tank is stagnent

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A picture would have helped. I have had springtails take up residence in tanks before. They are so tiny that the fish don't notice them. I believe they are wingless though. You might find midges or fruit flies around your tanks. Both of these are fairly to very small.

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I have tiny white bugs that stay on the glass near the water line. When they fall in they hop/fly around like fleas. They appear harmless and not taking over my tank. Not sure what they are, but they might be the same thing that you have.
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little insects on top of the water. Looked like flying ones (had wings). They were pretty small.
Possibly Aphids? There are a number of aphids that specialise in attacking emergent aquatic plants. They are sap feeders. I was infested so badly at one point that I cut all my plants 2" below the water line to ensure there was nothing for them to feed on and the fish took care of any floaters!

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I have tiny white bugs that stay on the glass near the water line. When they fall in they hop/fly around like fleas.
These would most likely be springtails (Order: Collembola). I get these on all my tanks too - they congregate and feed on wet wood where I have wood jutting up from the water.
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These would most likely be springtails (Order: Collembola). I get these on all my tanks too - they congregate and feed on wet wood where I have wood jutting up from the water.
Thank you for that info. Thats what I thought they might be.
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