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PostPosted: 2003.08.23(Sat)20:47    Post subject: Dragonfly larvae removal Reply with quote

So here is the story.

Got a 55 gallon "peanut pond" which never houses anything for a long period of time(I use it to raise fry, whihc is why I'm concerned about dragonfly larvae). Because it wasn't covered, and it had no big fish, dragonflies found it and laid quite a few eggs, and the now I have nymphs coming out of my ears(big pond has this problem to a lesser extent, but they pose no threat their...rather as fish food). Of 13 killifish juvies I dropped in(sunflower seed size) only 4 made it to the LFS. I'm not to sure whether or not it was because they jumped ship or got eaten. If you've ever put one of these suckers in a jar with baby mosquito fish like I used to(raise em, watch em turn into dragonflies ,and set em free) thne you know they are pretty efficient little machines.

So does anyone have any ideas of eliminating them or at least reducing the numbers to a manageable level? Theirs also lots of cyclops, daphnia, and freshwater scuds in the pond, which I'd rather not remove. If anyone sees any problems with removing the dragonfly larva,e then I'd like ot hear that, too!

Thanks in advance.
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Joined: 17 Aug 2003
Location: Arcadia CA

PostPosted: 2003.09.09(Tue)10:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a similiar problem. I put dojo loaches in and apparently they killed some of em. And crayfish seem to work. it depends on what kind of dragonfly. Their larvae can be different sizes. But the crayfish and dojos may actually eat the baby fish too....
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