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Old 03-20-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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Euwwww! What is this creature?!

I was turkey basting platy fry out....and found this in the bowl!
What might it be.....and how might I deal with it!?
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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I don't think you attached a picture
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:24 AM   #3
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It's grossing me out!
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Any ideas? Is it good, bad or terrifying??
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looks like a bug nymph. Could have come in on plants
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I've had no live plants in this tank, but I do use the same net in a planted (badly) tank.
I recently rescued some fish, was panicked they'd brought a plague of parasites on us!
So what should I do with it?
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #7
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It's probably harmless, larger fish might even eat it. You can throw it outside if you wish.
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Thank you! I was seriously (probably stupidly) worried for a while!
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #9
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It looks like a damselfly nymph. I have several in my tank, very cool insect. When they mature they become beautiful damselflies (look like small dragonflies).
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So it's in fact a good thing to keep with molly's, guppies and tetras? I'll put it back then!
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:44 PM   #11
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Or on second thoughts, maybe I'll put it in my pond. I'm not sure I fancy trying to catch it flying round my sitting room!
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You are the god of the tank and decide what is good and bad. As stated the will not harm mollies, guppies or tetras. He/She can not breed since the adult is a flying insect so you will not get more (unless you have other little ones that you don't see yet). I like my diverse community. lol
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:49 PM   #13
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He's back in my tank-thank you guys for being so reassuring and helpful.
It's funny how tanks can constantly surprise you!
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