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Sep 14, 2023 - 6:31:33 PM
1228 posts since 11/3/2008

I got some hornwort from a local pond for our aquarium. It also had a bunch of tiny snails and a few of these things. Some kind of larvae? Not sure how to upload photos. 


Edited by - DENNISNDODIE on 09/14/2023 18:36:20

Sep 14, 2023 - 9:32:46 PM
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2609 posts since 9/16/2007

Looks like a caddisfly larva to me.

Sep 15, 2023 - 4:12:25 AM

39868 posts since 3/5/2008

Sea monkeys..?

I have no idea..

Sep 15, 2023 - 7:58:02 AM
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13979 posts since 6/5/2011

I dunno.  .... aquarium gravel?? devil

Sep 15, 2023 - 11:53:24 AM

61309 posts since 12/14/2005

Apparently, caddis fly larvae are famous for covering themselves in tiny bits of gravel.

And here's a nudie pic:

Might just try AOL image search for

freshwater insect larvae

see what matches.

Sep 16, 2023 - 6:48:10 PM
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154 posts since 4/7/2023

Are you asking about your religious figure in the background encased in a clear plastic tube?

Sep 17, 2023 - 12:06:01 PM
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9160 posts since 8/25/2004


[Verne I do believe has a firm grasp of underwater creatures.  Emerging caddis fly larvae.  I suggest you get a trout.  [edit: I knew we had a bunch when I lived in Missouri, but Illinois has 184 species of just by sheer odds, and it does look them, and you got them in a local pond.....]


Edited by - dawgdoc on 09/17/2023 12:12:48

Sep 17, 2023 - 1:14:22 PM



2609 posts since 9/16/2007

I believe it is one of the Polycentropodidae: Tube-making and Trumpet-net caddisfly larvae.

Perhaps it is Triaenodes bicolor, see link below.

Sep 19, 2023 - 5:26:45 PM
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4706 posts since 4/22/2018

I’d go with caddies fly larvae too.

Oct 29, 2023 - 9:10:58 AM
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1228 posts since 11/3/2008

I agree with the larvae. My Oscars ate whatever they were along with all the snails.

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