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28 Oct 2013 17:38 #1 by schnappsmom (Muireasa Harney)
Having the ability to kill a plant by looking at it, I haven't ventured very far towards planting my aquariums, I really know nothing about plants at all! All that I have is some salvinia natans, a few frogbit, and hornwort in my 15l aquarium for my Siamese fighter.

I opened the lid the other day to feed "Nick," and I thought I saw a little fly, but then decided it was an uneaten flake of food because Nick devoured it! This evening there were three flys- they are 1 to 2 mm, and very pale grey/white. I think they might be greenfly, I would recognise juveniles if I saw some crawling around, but haven't spotted any. While I was looking at them, Nick again devoured one. Greedy little so-and-so! I haven't fed any live food, so I don't think they could have entered the tank that way.

Is is OK for my fighter to eat these? Should I be trying to get rid of them? Are they greenfly? Isn't it the wrong time of year for them? I am slightly freaked out and having visions of the flat being taken over by tiny flys! Help!

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28 Oct 2013 18:05 #2 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
if they're greenfly/aphids i'd imagine they're fine for your fighter or indeed any fish. it's been a mild year so i'd say there might still be a few greenfly around, though with the leaves dropping I doubt they'll be around for long

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28 Oct 2013 19:44 #3 by paulv (paul vickers)
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Unless you have lots of indoor plants in a warm conservatory I doubt the flies are green fly, but whatever fly it is its good for your fish the most natural treat you could give your goldies.

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28 Oct 2013 20:10 - 28 Oct 2013 20:12 #4 by schnappsmom (Muireasa Harney)

paulv wrote: Unless you have lots of indoor plants in a warm conservatory I doubt the flies are green fly, but whatever fly it is its good for your fish the most natural treat you could give your goldies.


I have no plants at all- that is why I am so bewildered/freaked by what these are! :huh:

But as long as they are good for the fish.....

Edit- no house plants at all. Obviously I have a pathetic few aquarium plants!
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29 Oct 2013 08:56 #5 by paulv (paul vickers)
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Im curious to know what these are. From what I can find they are the adult stage of blood worms. Few weeks back another member found tiny red blood worms in the substrate, seems you also have them and now they are hatching out as adult flies. Nothing to worry about, your fish will keep them under control. Look under the tank lid there may be others there.

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29 Oct 2013 11:22 #6 by schnappsmom (Muireasa Harney)
Arghhhhhh! A dozen of the little ***** under the lid!

Aren't mosquitos the adult stage of bloodworms? Will I be bitten? Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

I never gave live food, so how did they get in there? Unless mammy got in to lay the eggs herself! Yuck!

Yuck! In case you didn't guess I'm a bit squeamish about flys! if I was finding tiny spiders I would have no problem, but tiny flys are freaking me out!

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29 Oct 2013 11:38 - 29 Oct 2013 11:45 #7 by Homer (Kevin)
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No need to worry about those Flies, if they are from Bloodworm they are Midges but not the biting kind and they will die very soon as they are ephemeral, annual Flies.

If they aren't from. Bloodworm, they might possibly be Fruit Flies. Whatever they are, I would raise the Lid and allow them out, I use a Vacuum cleaner to get rid of Fruit flies in Summer when they are around the Fruit Bowl.

H.

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It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!
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29 Oct 2013 11:42 - 29 Oct 2013 11:44 #8 by Homer (Kevin)
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Oops!

The Glass is always greener on the other side.


It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!
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29 Oct 2013 12:54 #9 by schnappsmom (Muireasa Harney)
Relieved to know I won't be bitten in my sleep at least- still don't like them though!

Nick loves them- om nom nom!

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