Dragonfly nymph in my aquarium - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 05-18-2010, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Dragonfly nymph in my aquarium

I'm feeding my fish and I had purchased a feeding ring (so much food was drifting into the highly planted area and not getting eaten so I decided on this solution). I look and I think I see a brown snail on the side, but it seems too long. I touch it and it goes scurrying off; I think "I've never seen a snail move that quick!"

Anyways I eventually get it (with some difficulty as it really is that fast) and check it out. Its about a 1/4 inch long with legs and a long tail. So I go to this link:


and come to the conclusion I had a dragonfly nymph in my tank. Where I live in Vancouver is relatively Dragonfly free, in fact I don't remember seeing one. (A point of trivia - I work with Inuit in the summer in Whitehorse Yukon. If you want to clear a room of young Inuit, just bring a Dragonfly into the room. Young male Inuit at age 15 will stare down a polar bear with a rifle, but a Dragonfly sends them running).

So the Dragonfly was an import. If you checked the link above out, you can see these little guys will go after fish once they reach a certain size. So far I've only seen one, but I must confess I'm a little paranoid I'm hosting a group of aliens in my tank.
rsn48 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 05-18-2010, 06:11 PM
Awww I love dragon files. Its not uncommon to find the nymphs in an aquarium. Yes they can be predators, but only to fry or very small fish. I like damsel too. Down by the river there are these pretty blue and black ones. When you walk along the trail you scare up 50 of them any its so pretty when they are all fluttering around. There are big ones with 6" wingspans that are very docile, if you approach them quietly you can get them to step onto your hand. IMO they are the 2nd prettiest bug next to butterflies, even if the larva do look like aliens.

.... I'm probably drunk.

This is how I lurk

Mikaila31 is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 05-18-2010, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
New Member
As I said in the above, I work in Whitehorse in the summer, going up again this year - fourth time. I like Whitehorse and the Yukon but the BIG negative is the mosquitoes, very few black flies, but the mosquitoes are very bad. In my opinion anything that eats a mosquito up there is a good thing - Dragonflies eat mosquitoes.
rsn48 is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I've had an Aquarium before but am just in it a new! 16299 Introduce Yourself 6 01-16-2010 10:42 AM
Can you move aquarium decorations around in a established aquarium? ShawnMcc Freshwater and Tropical Fish 6 06-02-2009 12:41 PM
There's a damselfly nymph in my tank...ewww Torn Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 08-11-2008 01:32 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome