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post #11 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 02:33 AM
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the only other thought i had was to contact a zoo perhaps ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
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something seeded for you next filter.
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 03:02 AM
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i second willows recommendation betta babby is incredible!!!!!!!!!
I appreciate the votes of confidence and support you offer, but unfortunately, this time, I'm afraid I am as clueless as the others.

With that said, I CAN offer some suggestions on how to attempt to figure it out, starting with tracing the origin of the plants it came in on. If they came from a lfs, I would check with them to find out where they ordered those plants from. If you can trace its origin, that might give you a better idea of how to find a positive ID.

My best guess would be closer to that of Kymmie... some type of insect larvae. Insects such as dragonfly larvae live in running water on rocks, etc. and feed on algae and leaves. There are also many species of beetles with caterpillar type larval stages. Find its origin and you can search the larvae of native insects, you may just find it.

If you find another one, get it into a sealed container (like the zip lock plastic twist top containers) and either take it to a local zoo or museum... or seek out a local entomologist. Many college campus's, especially those with an entomology department should also be able to help you, but they would need the specimen to examine first.

Sorry I can't be of more help. I specialize in fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, dogs, cats, and small animals... but insects is not one of my specialties.

Oh... and a message to your dog from me: YUCK! ICK! EEEEWWW!

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Oh... and a message to your dog from me: YUCK! ICK! EEEEWWW!
We don't even react anymore. He wanders around the house chewing on rocks, twigs, bugs, found gum, tissues, you name it and he's chewing it like double bubble. He has enough bone to assemble a cow, but he prefers "people stuff." I have to be careful cause he will find gum then share it with his dog friends... which equates to chew on the neighbor's longhair white mop dog with gum in his mouth.... They have been understanding about the slobber, peanut butter, and even the koolaid packets. After the gum incident... not so much. Poor thing had to have it's face and head shaved.

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post #14 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, the swords were from Indiana, the Ulvaceus was from Maine. They don't have any on the plants in the store. I'm thinking it might be some kind of stink bug looking larvae. I have been finding little beetle pieces floating in the tank. The fish, especially the betta eat anything that touches the water. There are no flies in my house lol. I don't turn on lights so they gravitate to the tank and get picked off my the fish. I think of it as going greenish blue.

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post #15 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 07:26 AM
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well if you find out,please let us know.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #16 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 09:44 AM
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Okay, I've figured it out! Your lab was outside, foraging around and somehow got a beetle larvae lodged inside his jowls. When he came back into the house he went over to the tank for a drink of water and while he was lapping up some water the larvae came loose and landed in the tank. That's the only thing I can think of. It's a stretch but knowing your dog...maybe??

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post #17 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 11:10 AM
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i think that's actually posssible,especially when you think about Ants
comming in on their fur and stuff.

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post #18 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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I'm willing to guess anything getting in is a possibility. I've had the windows wide open for two months and since the dog jumped through one of the screens ( three feet from the tank) there was certainly opportunity. Not to mention his constant nosing about in the fish locker. LOL, from reading all this you'd never tell he's a trained in scent work, agility, and assistance. He runs 5 miles a day on top of regular swimming and practical exercises. OMG he's a hellion!

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post #19 of 19 Old 06-12-2010, 01:44 PM
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I think since you have an open window, it's a lot more likely some bug flew in and laid eggs in your tank.

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