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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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searched over both my plants and couldn't find any, could they hide on the wood?

Nix seems to be curiously hanging around the plants now that i think of it. She's there more than she use to be.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 05:51 AM
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Usually these things will MOVE underneath the leaves. Find the leaves that were cut out & that's where they'll be.

I'm not sure what your tank looks like but WOOD is the last spot they'll loiter around since green on a brown surface doesn't match & their hiding spot sticks out like a sore thumb.

Leaf miners and the the other worm like insects that turn themselves into insect cannolis in addition to the dragon fly larvae are some the hitchhikers I dislike the most. Hydra's can be a menace too but only if you have a fry tank.

Once you get rid of them (Check over a week or two for additional signs) you'll be THRILLED & then 1 month later you forget all about them until they reappear in the tank.

Find the camouflaged adults for your bettas, & hopefully they will locate the smaller ones before reaching adulthood & mine the rest of your plants.
  • If you can get a decent photo of the plant that's missing pieces I can tell if you really are dealing with the "miners".
Remove the plant from the tank, put it by a window or bright light & photograph the leaves.

I've left my java ferns out of the water for about an hour or more with no ill effects to the plant.
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