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Liam Devaney 02-17-2011 10:33 AM

Caterpillars
 
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.

Liam Devaney
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Knifegill 02-17-2011 10:45 AM

A few good pictures would help a lot.

Liam Devaney 02-17-2011 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Knifegill (Post 592892)
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:|

Lupin 02-17-2011 10:49 AM

I've had a lone caterpillar on ambulia before. I just snipped off the leaves cocooning it and threw it.

Liam Devaney 02-17-2011 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Lupin (Post 592894)
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.

Lupin 02-17-2011 10:58 AM

Snip the wrapped leaves off and just throw them off before they could damage your plants.

Liam Devaney 02-17-2011 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Liam Devaney (Post 592893)
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

Lupin 02-17-2011 11:11 AM

Wow, that's some woodwork they did on your plants.:shock2:

Liam Devaney 02-17-2011 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Lupin (Post 592905)
Wow, that's some woodwork they did on your plants.:shock2:

How should i remove them

Lupin 02-17-2011 11:19 AM

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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