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I'm just wondering if anyone has ever deliberately kept aquatic insects in their tank? I know it happens on accident, but has anyone conciously added aquatic insects? Many of the insects out there would be innapropriate as they would eat your livestock, but I know of a few local aquatic insects that are vegetarians. I wouldn't want to go out and catch them and bring something unwanted like parasites into my tank, but on the other hand it does appeal to adding some reality to the tank. Am I crazy, or could this work? Oh and I'm not talking about snails. I'm thinking more along the lines of beetles.

(btw I do know enough about entomology to know what would pose a threat to my fish and what wouldn't so this isn't a totally nutty idea.)
 

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I know Dragonfly nymphs are predacious. Unfortunately most of the neat aquatic insects are. And my tank is to small to support any kind of insect I would like, I was just wondering if anyone else has done this because it seems neat.

Also to set the record straight on that whole Petsmart thread because I'm catching a lot of flak for that thread, I had no idea that the usually do feed them better. I've since been set straight and next time I go there I plan on talking to someone about it. I'm sorry I got upset and tried to make some fish happy.
 

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That's an awesome story! Toebiters are really cool looking, but they are pretty intense little monsters. Waterscorpions are pretty cool to, we get them around here.Truth be told if I could keep any water related animal it would be a fishing spider, but that's definately not possible. It's just so cool seeing a huge spider balancing most of its weight on the waters surface. To bad they eat fish, are gigantic, and need a big bank to thrive I guess.
 

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That is cool! I've only seen a live toebiter once, but my dad had an extensive collection of insects, among them one the biggest toebiters I've ever seen. I had a similar situation to your experience once, all of my coworkers were wigging out when I arrived, because there was a Dobsonfly outside, and everyone it was afraid It was super toxic. If only they could have seen it as hellgramite in it's larval stage!
 

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Ooh, getting an outdoor pond full of dragonfly nymphs is a really good idea. Been toying with the idea of setting up a pond in the backyard as there is really nothing in my yard. The problem would be my water loving dog.

Those aquatic spiders would be pretty neat too, if I had the setup. Plus where would you even get those? Sometimes they sell insects at reptile cons. but its usually pretty standard stuff, mantids, tarantulas and millipedes. Fun thought to play with.
 
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