Red Worm - What Is It

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Bruxes and Bubbles, Apr 9, 2017.

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    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    I am going to assume an insect larvae as it has mandibles when viewed under a microscope. Any ideas?
     

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    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    Do you guys think it's a midge fly larvae? Closest thing I can find so far.
     
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    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    Bumping up. :)
     
  4. Redshark1

    Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    Yes. Chironomus or closely related I expect.
    Nice microscope work by the way.
     
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    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    Thanks! They're in my fry tank, they pose no risk to the fry, correct? Not really sure how they got in there, perhaps they had one on a plant.
     
  6. Redshark1

    Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    They feed on particles of organic matter so I don't think they would normally predate fry but most aquatic life is opportunistic and feeds on what food is available.

    They could have arrived if a midge could have laid eggs on your water.

    I have them in my water butt outdoors. I did not add them myself.

    Here is an interesting article I found;
     
     
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    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    Thank you! I'll try to remove them just in case. :)
     
  8. Redshark1

    Redshark1 Well Known Member Member

    OK that will give peace of mind. Wot fry you got?
     
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    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    Guppy fry. Probably way too big for the worms to take down, to be honest, but whatever. Saw a ramshorn gobbling up one of the (live!) worms yesterday...that was a bit odd to watch. XD
     




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