Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
wayne6442

Latst tank visitor from Nth Queensland

Recommended Posts

wayne6442

Hi everyone, I found this fascinating little creature in one of my tanks. It arrive a couple of weeks ago with some detritus accompanying some native caridina shrimp from Nth Queensland. At first I thought I was imagining things when I saw this little piece of wood ( about 12.5mm) moving around on the bottom of my tank with the shrimp. Today my curiosity got the better of me and "whala" Now all I have to do is to find out Just who and what this little guy is??? BOB UP TO YOU< have you any ideas?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Trav80

Oh wow, that little guy is so weird.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jess

Did a bit of Googeling and it seems to be a something called a "caddisfly". Awesome! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishmosy

My first thought was caddis fly larvae.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
northboy

Pretty sure it is a Beetle larvae, there is a few Caddis fly up here to, there could be any thing in the leaf litter Wayne so keep an eye out.

Move it any way as it will eat shrimplets, then you can see what it becomes.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wayne6442

( Google information Caddis fly nth Qld) Hi Guys, Well if it is a Caddisfly, depending on what sub species ,(12000 varieties) and it's preferred habitat. Slow water or swift running streams, will depend on how dangerous it will be to the shrimp. They both can be carnivore's, but the little guys from the still/slow waters are mainly algae and detritus, eaters, live in constructed camouflaged homes while the guys from the swift water usually don't have any home, As they are the stronger ones they could hunt down small shrimp but usually stick to scraping algae from rocks etc to eat. As you can see the little bloke I have, has a great little stick home, so I am guessing that he is from a quite slow stream. I intend to keep him where he is for the time being and watch him closely. Thanks again for you thoughts on his identity Regards Wayne

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
northboy

Wrong Wayne

It is from a fast stream about 2mts pr second flow speed, that is why I said most likely a Beetle ( I am wrong often). Hatch it and see. It is a predator regardless so keep it away from your shrimp.

North QLD goes from Mackay up, FNQ is Cardwell/Tully up.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wayne6442

Hi Bob, Thanks a heap for your info, actually I was re thinking your advice from earlier, so I have just started to set a small couple of ltr tank for him. It will be an interesting experiment for me. If you have any other funny little things up your way send them down please! Wayne

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
northboy

Now you have opened a can of worms, there is tons of them and every time I go out there is something new to look at. i am going chasing bugs for a customer tomorow.

You don't want big ones I am thinking? some of the bugs are 7 or 8cm long and 3 across.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wayne6442

No Just small ones ( hopefully won't attack my shrimp or me haha:D) and possibly some Zebra shrimp as well. should be fun Wayne

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishmosy

Ever seen a water scorpion? Now that is a bug worth keeping. Or the large diving water beetles. Its a shame both are highly predatory.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
northboy

Hi Ben

We keep the Green and gold beetles with fish and have no issue, so long as the fish is Blue eye or large Neon size or bigger its all good and they are clowns, most amusing.

The giant water bugs are awesome but dam they can put a bight on you and it hurts.

Must get some photos and put them up

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Must Read SKF Articles

  • Register today, ask questions and share your shrimp and fish tank experiences with us!

    Join Our Community!

  • Posts

    • jayc
      Traps don't work on hydra. Even with planaria, it is slow and it doesn't catch them all.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      Very wise as once they start breeding your population may sky rocket anyway, as they have with the CBS! I'm sure you should get some really nice surprises/colours when they start cross breeding too! Simon
    • kms
      I will stick with the present shrimps, give it another month or so before I add some more shrimps.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      More fantastic pictures love the blue shadow panda and the 2 red pinto galaxy. Great to hear all is going so well! If you have a lot of CBS then they will breed when they are old enough so losing the 'mother' isn't too bad at this stage and they only love max 2 years anyway. Glad you still have 2 blue bolts as well - those will probably be my next purchase when they are in stock? The putting spinach in my tank has brought a few of my shrimps out but bizarrely they aren't touching the actual spinach? Seen 2 black and 3 red (of the 8 total I bought) so far today? Simon
    • kms
      update my new tank is becoming stable, the shrinps are growing, I have seen many of the shrimps shread it's shell.   My old tank is infested with black CRS, but the mother had just died yesterday, I still have two blue bolts and a few CRS.    
×