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Old 01-11-2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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Aquatic Caterpillar? HELP?

A few days ago I noticed a larvae looking creature trying to climb the glass of my tank, and had not had the slightest glimpse of it until earlier? It has now encased itself in what I can only refer to as a case of leaves? Can anybody help me as to whether I should remove it? Simply keep an eye on it? I have tried to do research on it but cannot seem to find much helpful information?
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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Hard to tell from the pic, but there are a couple of varieties of moths that start off as "aquatic catapillars". They eat aquatic plants... I would take it out and get rid of it.
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Will do, thankyou. Would it have got into my tank via the plantlife?
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More than likely, yes. Probably had some eggs hitchhike in.

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This gave me the creeps. Is it common for caterpillars to come with plants???
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nooo, very uncommon. Snails on the other hand..
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Alright. Thank you.
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Successfully removed! Cannot say the same for the 1000 snails!
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Successfully removed! Cannot say the same for the 1000 snails!
For snails... Get a yo-yo loach amazing at killing all the snails and look really nice also wont destroy plants. I have one in my 55 gallon planted tank.
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For snails... Get a yo-yo loach amazing at killing all the snails and look really nice also wont destroy plants. I have one in my 55 gallon planted tank.
Agreed... or a zebra loach... I put one in my 29 and never saw another snail. My little 5g ADA tank is full of 'em. I have to pull them out with tweezers a few times a week.
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Agreed... or a zebra loach... I put one in my 29 and never saw another snail. My little 5g ADA tank is full of 'em. I have to pull them out with tweezers a few times a week.
Yea not a single snail now. It's to the point were i have to let the snails breed in another tank and toss in like 5 every other day so that my yo yo could eat. They kill them right away then come back through out the day to finish eating them.
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Thanks for the advice.. Put two other pics up in my album of the caterpillar incase anyone is interested, still not great though! Nasty little thing really! Quite happy I noticed it before it got a chance to hatch into something worse!
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