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'Walking moss' - Amphibious caterpillar found in my tank!?

Discussion in 'Shrimp and Invertz' started by Ashback, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Ashback

    Ashback New Member

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    Hi all ,

    Todays morning I made my eyes had jumped out when I saw this in one of my new set up.The first I'v ever seen was trumpet green shape moss which walk and climb wood in my fish tank.What was going here I didn't know[-o< but after close up look I found small black head with few legs and white-creamy body.I made quick pictures and video of it and moved it a bit with tweezers and then I saw :nolook: this thing A CATERPILLAR:bling:!

    :nolook: please google help me to know what this damn thing it is?- I said
    then ,I found that immoratal biologists know it already:phew:
    Amphibious caterpillars found in Hawaii - Technology & Science - CBC News
    Untitled Document

    the only thing which make my concer is as I am in UK and never been in Hawaii... can anyone tell me what this species is?????:confused:
     
  2. Ashback

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    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Is the moss wild collected? It reminds me of cad fly larvae.
     
  4. Kalan850

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    thats crazy kewl dude. you should definately update us on when it transforms.
     
  5. Ashback

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    Thats the strangest thing ive ever seen in a tank.
     
  7. bsnyder921

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    I'm blown away. Never seen anything like this before!!! Very cool looking! Maybe you could isolate it in a quarantine tank until you're sure about what it is. Could you upload a video of it?
     
  8. JohnnyWales

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    Mate it just looks like mosquito larvae
     
  9. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    [​IMG]
    "Mozie" larvae.

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    Caddisfly larvae.
     
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  10. Ashback

    Ashback New Member

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    I'v never seen somethig like this either

    spot on Garuf, it is 100% Caddisfly larvae,glad you are here, thanks mate
    found another one but with different 'house', funny how they build theirs lineages, my tank looks now like a little 'Bugs Village':bling:

    bsnyder921 - link to video of its here [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J-ugz2J08E]Walking moss - Amphibious caterpillar found in my fish tank - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    wow thats insane! did you keep it? did it hatch? im freaked out lol
     
  12. DanneMan

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    These can be found in lakes and swamps where i live. but how did you manage to get them in your tank?
     
  13. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    astounding! Could be a Cadfly larvae...send the video to a university biologist to determine what it is. You lucky!!!
     
  14. Ashback

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    bowman
    yes, I still have some even more of this individuals, some of them have been eaten by my 'little trouts' they practice 'fly fishing',didnt see single moth its very hard

    danneman
    probably wood or plant wild collected or invasion from outside through open window;)

    thanks Randy;)

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    more interesting info about here

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPHdfTcX-4U&feature=related]Caddis Fly - YouTube[/ame]
     
  15. parthapratim22

    parthapratim22 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    thats tooooo strange
     
  16. randy0319

    randy0319 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Any updates on your tiny monster of awesome coolness??
     
  17. nick.scott

    nick.scott Aspiring Aquascaper

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    That's so cool! So they eventually evolve into something else? I would love some for my invertebrate tank
     
  18. Garuf

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    Well... Not evolve, that's pokémon. ;) That's just the larval form which will eventually turn into a caddis fly which is a lot like a mayfly but this is largely environmental dependent and it can take up to 4 years and isn't unknown to take more.
     
  19. octavusprime

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    Just a sign that your tank is very healthy :) There are all kinds of flies, dragonflies, moths that have aquatic larva. Lots of them build snail like homes from mud, sticks and their sticky excretions. Nice little addition, maybe you can catch it morphing to an adult.
     

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