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  • Posted on: 20/11/2010 14:23
Unknown (very gross!) insect in tank? #1
Hi guys!

Been absolutely ages since I've been on here, but we've got a bit of an ugly bug that needs IDing in our tank!

My housemate has a tank with a single male betta in- we spotted this beastie about a week ago and it was black in colour- we didn't spot it again until just now and it's changed colour to red/brown and is about an inch long- it's kind of grossing us out, so an ID and a clue as to whether it's gonna crawl out and get us at any point would be great Thanks!

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Re: Unknown (very gross!) insect in tank? #2
Hi

That looks suspiciously like a Dragonfly nymph to me.

I'd get it out of there if I was you as it may attack and kill small fish.
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Re: Unknown (very gross!) insect in tank? #3
I think you might need to call the men in black. Looks like it would eat your eyeballs given the chance
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Re: Unknown (very gross!) insect in tank? #4
Such ugly babies but such beautiful adults

Not safe in fish tanks, needs to be removed ASAP. The larvae often come in with plants and more common than you think given posts in this room here!
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Re: Unknown (very gross!) insect in tank? #5
Scary looking fella!!..Weve never had any werid and wonderful scary beings in or marine tanks..unless my other half didnt tell me..touch wood

Im a little scared to start my Tropical tank up now after seeing that beast!!

What does everyone do to stop nasty things coming in on new plants in tropical tanks?
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Re: Unknown (very gross!) insect in tank? #6
If the pests are big enough to see, pick them off, but for the microscopic and unhatched nasties I use a very old-fashioned remedy and give new plants a bath in a weak solution of pottasium permanganate (followed by a very good rinse), or you can use a very dilute bleach solution (about 1:20)
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Re: Unknown (very gross!) insect in tank? #7
Thanks Noodle..good advice!