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They look like miniature versions of their saltwater bristlewom cousins, and they behave very much like those. They emerge from what appears to be a mucus tube and resemble tiny caterpillars. The worms have been found in a shrimp only tank, and I am assuming that they hitchhiked on some moss. (I am assuming that freshwater would kill a marine bristleworm.) I have tried to get a picture of them...but no luck. Are most freshwater bristleworms scavengers, too? Is there any other freshwater worm that resembles a tiny caterpillar? Would they pose a threat to shrimplets....or will the larger cherry shrimp eat the worms as a nice snack? Is there any other possible id from my description?
 

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They are tiny. I'd estimate they are about 1mm x 4mm. They are tannish to greenish...I have read that midge fly larvae can be red, tannish, or green. Hmmmm.....

Two other possibilities?

1. shore fly larvae
2. fungus gnat larvae

Other than mosquitos, what wormlike larvae can survive in fresh and saltwater? If anyone knows, please answer.
 

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It will be very interesting to see what these things turn out to be. I put one of these things found in my freshwater tank in full strength saltwater overnight and it was still alive in the morning. :eek5:
 

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I have found some adults of this worm on the surface of the water. They are a green gnat type bug that seems to get trapped by the tank cover. I change the water in this tank once a week....and the bugs were too decomposed....not to mention too tiny to get a picture. I will update again when I get a picture of whateveer the f*** these things turn out to be.
 
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