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Torn 08-06-2008 12:58 PM

There's a damselfly nymph in my tank...ewww
 
Hi, I have a damselfly nymph in my aquarium, I thought it was a baby shrimp at first because I first saw it a couple of days after I bought 2 cherry shrimps. That was about 2 weeks ago and I saw it again last night and it didn't much look like a cute little shrimp so I looked on the net today and found out what it was. Will it hurt my fish or shrimp? I have 3 cories and 2 cherry shrimp. I've caught it in a net which I've balanced on the lip of the tank and closed the lid, so it's contained but still in the water. Should I take it out? How should I dispose of it?
Here's a pic of one I found on the net. Ugly little bugger.

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/6745_damselfly1_1.jpg

beweeb 08-06-2008 01:11 PM

trout love them so they are proly ok
but i dont know

jeaninel 08-06-2008 02:31 PM

I would take it out. I know it can harm fry and very small fish. It may possibly hurt your shrimp.

SheyFirestar 08-06-2008 10:08 PM

treat it like the undead. cut its head off. that thing is freaky gross.

i hate bugs.

Little-Fizz 08-06-2008 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SheyFirestar
treat it like the undead. cut its head off. that thing is freaky gross.

i hate bugs.

:lol: I like the way you think.

merey61 08-07-2008 12:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SheyFirestar
treat it like the undead. cut its head off. that thing is freaky gross.

i hate bugs.

that's what i did after many unsuccesful tries at stabbing it to death with a toothpick. I was angry on that day and thought i would take it out on the bug, but i ended up cutting it's head off because it was still alive.

Little-Fizz 08-07-2008 04:37 AM

:shock: Ew... I hate bugs... But I can't kill them :sick: Its not uncommon seeing me spend hours trying to kill a spider in my bathroom. I usually get it with the blow dryer or spray hair spray on it then use a really long piece of toilet paper and like fish the spider onto the toilet paper then run to the toilet to flush it down.

SheyFirestar 08-07-2008 09:37 AM

glad to see my advice being taken so seriously. i have the perfect set up here in my apartment. my cat does all the bug catching/torturing/and eventually elimination of all bugs. only drawback is watching her eat them. again gross.

iamntbatman 08-09-2008 01:43 PM

Yeah that nymph can and will eat your fish and possibly your shrimp. If you've got a natural body of water near you, you could set it free in there to help control the mosquito population.

Torn 08-11-2008 01:32 PM

As nasty as it is I wouldn't want to kill it on purpose, I put it in a jug of water and put it in my garden. It's been raining here so it hasn't dried out or overheated, it's even been joined by another bug and some kinda slug-looking thing. I do have a canal and a river very close to where I live so I think I'll release tomorrow.
Thanks for your replies everyone, much appreciated. :D


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