Help. What Are Those??? Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by ThomasAKirkegaard, May 16, 2018.

  1. ThomasAKirkegaard

    ThomasAKirkegaardNew MemberMember

    Hey everybody.
    We found some of those in the aquarium. What are they? Are they bad? Should we do something?

    Thanks in advance Resized_20180516_172320_8343.jpgResized_20180516_172336_7466.jpg
     
  2. Pictusboss

    PictusbossValued MemberMember

    it appears to be some sort of nymph or larvae of some sort of insect, probably mayfly.
     
  3. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    I'd go ahead and remove it, make sure it's not a dragonfly nymph because those things will kill fish. It doesn't exactly look like one, but I'd still remove it since they look similar and it could also be predatory
     




  4. Pictusboss

    PictusbossValued MemberMember

    it is not a dragonfly nymph due to the tail having three long strands where as a dragonfly nymph would have 3 little tail spikes.
     




  5. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    You have gotten an insect lar
    What you have is an insect larva. It looks very similar to dragon fly larva. If it is dragon fly larva, it will grow fairly large and will eat small fish. I can't be 100 % sure it dragon fly or damsel fly larva, but that's what it's mandables look.
     
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    ThomasAKirkegaard

    ThomasAKirkegaardNew MemberMember

    So just catch it with the net, and toilet it goes?
     
  7. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Flushing seems cruel, it would be better to kill it another way first. And I'm sorry if I was confusing, it's definitely not a dragonfly nymph, but I was concerned it was also predatory because they look similar
     
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    ThomasAKirkegaard

    ThomasAKirkegaardNew MemberMember

    I'll figure something out then ^^ Thxx for rapid respons
     
  9. leftswerve

    leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    mayfly nymph maybe?
     
  10. Aqua Hands

    Aqua HandsWell Known MemberMember

    ** Goes to flush it ** XD I'm sorry I had to.
     
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    ThomasAKirkegaard

    ThomasAKirkegaardNew MemberMember

    Where do they come from?
     
  12. Rtessy

    RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Open windows and whatnot. I have a broken window and I've ended up with some pretty weird larvae in mine. Just a single adult gets in and lays eggs, then bam you have hundreds.
     
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    ThomasAKirkegaard

    ThomasAKirkegaardNew MemberMember

    Hmm we always have windows open. So that might be it
     
  14. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Have you fed your fish any live freshwater food like bloodworms or put any plants in the tank that you got from the wild or someone's fish pond?
     
  15. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Who really cares if you flush it?
    It's just a bug, that's what I say.
     
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    ThomasAKirkegaard

    ThomasAKirkegaardNew MemberMember

    Nope we feed with flages, pellets and worm cubes
     
  17. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Then it is likely something came in a window and laid eggs. Just pick them out with your fingers or a net and dispose of them. They are too complex of an organism to use a treatment to kill them off without killing the fish and poisoning the tank.
     
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    ThomasAKirkegaard

    ThomasAKirkegaardNew MemberMember

    Cool thanks mate ^^
     
  19. purslanegardenWell Known MemberMember

    I'm surprised your fish didn't eat it. Even guppies and goldfish would go for that, normally, so I'm sure higher-up fish would also (as long as they are not bottom-feeding, algae-eating fish types)
     
  20. DuaneV

    DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

    As a lifelong fly fisherman, what you have there is some sort of mayfly or damselfly nymph. I lean damselfly due to the long antenna. It is 100% harmless. Your fish will probably like the free snacks.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2018




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