I found a small transparent shrimp like creature in my tropical fish tank. I think it came from our new plants we bought. We already got some snails from the plants. Does anyone know what it could be? It's about 2 cm long. I've taken it out of my fish tank and put it in some of the water from my fish tank and added some gravel and rocks. What should I feed it? Hope some one can help.
Tanks get all sorts of 'additional' visitors from time to time - don't panic. I've got some tiny spring tails in mine at the mo that I assume came with some plants. The fish gobble them up if they see them and most visitors are quite harmless.
A pic would be helpful (probably nigh impossible I know) or have a look at this linky.
If you scroll to the bottom of that site, there are other species you can click on too.
Looks like some kind of larva, hard to say though! Best keep it out of the tank, some of the larger larva can eat smaller fish! Do you have a pond? You could put it in there, see what it grows into. Possibly a mayfly if it's small, does it have three tails?
I spotted what looked like a Shrimp in Cyrils tank about 3 months ago too.. turned out to be a Damselfly nymph! I took it out as when they grow they can be aggressive and nippy, and I didn't want it taking any bites at Cyril - I put him in a bowl with some plants but he didn't survive either :/ From what I read, he shouldn't have been around here especially in the winter! Too cold for them..
I got my macro lens out and managed to get a shot of it..