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post #1 of 22 Old 02-17-2011, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Im Liam 14 year old i have just saved up and bought a AQUA ONE EVO 70, it has been set up five weeks now but i have been trouble getting the Nitrite levels down and advised to buy some live plants to add to the artificial ones that i had planted it out with.

These plants have been in the tank now for 8 days, but last night i noticed that all the plants have got some kind of caterpillars type insect growing inside the leaves. I first noticed this because i saw a leaf walking up the inside the tank.

Has anybody got any idea what they are and how i can get clear off them.

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post #2 of 22 Old 02-17-2011, 09:45 AM
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A few good pictures would help a lot.
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A few good pictures would help a lot.
I wll try and get a photo, all the caterpillar things are wrapped in leaves though

Will see what i can do
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I've had a lone caterpillar on ambulia before. I just snipped off the leaves cocooning it and threw it.

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I've had a lone caterpillar on ambulia before. I just snipped off the leaves cocooning it and threw it.
I think thats one of the plants i have got, i must have about 50 little creamy/green caterpillars and like yours they have raped them selves in the leaves and are climbing about the tank.
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Snip the wrapped leaves off and just throw them off before they could damage your plants.

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I wll try and get a photo, all the caterpillar things are wrapped in leaves though

Will see what i can do
I have got a pic but its not very good
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Wow, that's some woodwork they did on your plants.

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Wow, that's some woodwork they did on your plants.
How should i remove them
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-17-2011, 10:19 AM
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Manually. I've only encountered one though so it wasn't that hard. Won't recommend any chemicals just for the sake of your fish. A number of dead caterpillars in your tank would mean disaster.

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