Becki Becki
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strange green creature!! #1
While feeding fish this morning we've found a small approx 1/2 inch long green stick insect type creature, it has large white "goggly" eyes and a very thin narrow body and 6+ legs. At the end of its tail it has three spike like bits sticking out, tried to take a picture but couldn't get focus correct. Just dubious in case it may be harmful to the other fish, anybody any ideas!!??!!
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Re: strange green creature!! #2
so far no idea what it good be... if youhavent done so already, can you remove it anyway, put it in a little pot or something? would be good to work out what it is, to work out how it got there, how strange!
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Re: strange green creature!! #3
sounds bit like a mayfly nymph or similar?

http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/pondexplorer/gallery/maylarva.html
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Re: strange green creature!! #4
probaly may fly larva. just pick it up and put it in pond
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Re: strange green creature!! #5
Its a mayfly larva if its got the gills on its side or a damslyfly larva if it aint got the gills.

I found one in my tropical tank a while back and although it didnt do any harm, if left to get bigger it could take small fish (e.g. tetras)
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Re: strange green creature!! #6
Thanks guys, from the picture link it looks identical to the mayfly nymph.
Only thing that now concerns is checked in tank now and it's dead!! Should I be concerned that it may have laid eggs or is that likely to be the end of it, forgive my ignorance but figure better off asking what I don't know rather than make mistakes!!
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Re: strange green creature!! #7
i'm pretty sure with those that it's only the adult stage that can reproduce so you will be ok!

are you sure it's dead because they moult you might just be looking at an empty cast??
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Re: strange green creature!! #8
We've fished it out now and pretty sure it's the whole thing, will just have to keep an eye out for any more.
Thanks.