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Hasi
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Joined: 16 Apr 2005
Location: Australia - Melbourne

PostPosted: 2005.05.10(Tue)21:45    Post subject: What is this? Reply with quote

I have spotted this worm type of insect? bug? parasite? in my tank in a 'nest' made out of what looks like a leaf.

Can anyone identify and tell me what this is and how it got in my tank? And what to do with it if its bad?

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Enlighter
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PostPosted: 2005.05.10(Tue)22:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

link broken. And if it doesn't seem to be bothering anything keep it :: ) because it sounds kinda cool thus far.

Fix the pic though so we can see it
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jynxy
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PostPosted: 2005.05.11(Wed)4:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

um..is that a snail on the leaf, if so, problems solved, you have snail eggs.
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Hasi
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PostPosted: 2005.05.11(Wed)8:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a snail but I find the snail eggs on the live plants, they are a group of tiny clear balls and I remove the leaf straight away.

I don't know if this is a nest of snail eggs because there seems to be some sort of worm or something in it, like a cocoon for a butterfly before it develops, if that makes sense
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2la
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PostPosted: 2005.05.11(Wed)8:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's probably the larva of a bromeliad weevil or some other bug that constructs protective shelters out of bits of leaves. Remove it if you don't want any more bite-sized chunks taken out of your plants.
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Hasi
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PostPosted: 2005.05.11(Wed)18:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks 2la I'll remove it now. But do you or anyone else know how it got in my tank? I'm' guessing from the live plants... Evil or Very Mad
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2la
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PostPosted: 2005.05.11(Wed)21:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, from the live plants. Most aquatic plants in the trade are grown in Florida and are grown emersed, where aerial and terrestrial insects may have access to them.
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