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Bayls

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Hi guys
Not to say that I am not already very impressed with the vast knowledge displayed on this site, but I will be knocked out if someone can ID this! I've never seen or heard of anything like it!

It looks exactly like a long maggot and swims remarkably fast. Here's one of it in a net after I caught it, and one when it was swimming at the top of the tank.

The biggest was about 16mm and thre were at least 4 of them.

Anyone know what these are and whether they are good or bad???

Thanks!!
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Hi Bayls -
OK - you're right - perhaps I cannot ID it 100% - BUT it is quite possible a larvae of some sorts.

I will investigate some more and see if I can get some more info.

Cheers.
 

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A guess, but it could be a Peanut worm
 

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I looked up peanut worms now, but their body shape is very different
 

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The 2 eyes (or could be the head) is very prominent - black in colour
 

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Look up Epitoke worm or errantiate polychaete worm (same thing but latin name)
 
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May be a bit big or an epitoke, but it could well be an insect of sorts. Last year I actually had an insect larvae swim in my tank, up to the surface and hatch. It dried its wings and flew away:eek:sama: .

Needless to say, I was gobsmacked. I have a few pics of it, will see if I can find them.
 
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May be a bit big or an epitoke, but it could well be an insect of sorts. Last year I actually had an insect larvae swim in my tank, up to the surface and hatch. It dried its wings and flew away:eek:sama: .

Needless to say, I was gobsmacked. I have a few pics of it, will see if I can find them.
WHAT ? Got see that
 
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WHAT ? Got see that
Here we go, took a bit of digging. The first pic it can be seen after a fish chased it from the surface and it went deep for cover (at the base of the cerianthid). The second pic is of it when it landed on the curtains. I did not manage to get the camera in time to see it climbing out of its pupae thingy.


PS. Bayls, sorry for seeming to hijack your thread....

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No problem, that is amazing!
I was wondering when you were going to make an appearance Wee Man! Those things you mentioned seem to have bristles and/or segments. These things were smooth bodied, just like a maggot.

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that thing is so cool!
 

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No problem, that is amazing!
I was wondering when you were going to make an appearance Wee Man! Those things you mentioned seem to have bristles and/or segments. These things were smooth bodied, just like a maggot.

cheers
I'm still sharing puters at home so not been on much, the epitoke was the only thing i could think of that swims about. Oh well i tried:lol:


Neil, is that a waterboatman?
 

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Someone's finger.....

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Warr, you just made me spill my Shivas!!!!!!!!
 

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nice nennie
 
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Neil, is that a waterboatman?
Have not been able to id it or figure out what it was doing in a marine system. As far as I can tell it is a species of corixia.

Defo not the same as the species in question, but it just goes to show we must have an open mind when it comes to our systems....
 

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