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Weird creature swimming around in my cichlid tank!

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 5:00 am
by Dusty30
Hey all. I was doing a water change and I noticed this weird looking thing swimming around in my tank and it kind of freaked me out. Never seen this before. I am wondering if it is normal or harmful. I just switched to a sand substrate about a month ago. I have never come across something like this which is why it kind of freaked me out. I caught one and have only seen one other in tank walking on sand. They wiggle when moving. I am hoping someone can identify these critters so I can either kill them or leave them. Pic is here

http://m.imgur.com/a/b0l8P

Re: Weird creature swimming around in my cichlid tank!

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:05 am
by Fogelhund
How big are they? They are some sort of insect larvae, and shouldn't be harmful. Are the fish not eating them?

Re: Weird creature swimming around in my cichlid tank!

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:22 am
by Dusty30
They are about an inch in legth and have just seen two of them and captured one I am guessing they may have came from the plants I bought. The fish haven't seen them I think cuz I captured the one that was out. The other is hiding in one of the ornaments I think.

Re: Weird creature swimming around in my cichlid tank!

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:28 am
by Fogelhund
Looks like a damselfly larvae to me.

Re: Weird creature swimming around in my cichlid tank!

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:58 am
by farmhand
Fogelhund wrote:Looks like a damselfly larvae to me.

Agree. I had a couple hitch hike in with plants before. Then some time later my wife asked me why dragonflies were getting in the house. :D

Re: Weird creature swimming around in my cichlid tank!

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 5:25 am
by Dusty30
Yeah I thought it had to be some sort of bug larvae. I am going to catch the other one and get rid of them they just created me out when I saw it never come across that before and was worried they could hurt the fish

Re: Weird creature swimming around in my cichlid tank!

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 8:33 pm
by Iggy Newcastle
farmhand wrote:
Fogelhund wrote:Looks like a damselfly larvae to me.

Agree. I had a couple hitch hike in with plants before. Then some time later my wife asked me why dragonflies were getting in the house. :D


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