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  1. Manual Highlights Arthropods That Curb Aquatic Weeds https://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/aquaticweeds/aquaticweeds.pdf A manual developed by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and now available online helps scientists, resource managers and others identify biological control insects that play a key role in helping to control aquatic weeds. The importance of these plant-feeding insects to the dynamics of aquatic and wetland ecosystems is the focus of the new, online reference called "Insects and Other Arthropods That Feed on Aquatic and Wetland Plants." The 200-page manual explains the life cycles of more than 50 of the most common insects and mites found in aquatic environments. The manual was originally published by ARS scientists at the Invasive Plant Research Laboratory (IPRL) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in cooperation with colleagues from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [Editor's note (July 1, 2005): ARS' supply of printed copies of the manual is now exhausted, but web visitors can view or download the online version.] The IPRL mission is to address the complex, multifaceted problems caused by the invasion of natural and agricultural ecosystems by exotic species. Non-native plants pose some of the most serious threats to the health and integrity of these ecosystems, according to Ted D. Center, IPRL research leader. Center and other researchers at the lab conduct research to evaluate the impact of exotic plants, as well as the safety and effectiveness of biological control and other methods for managing them. The easy-to-use manual presents data gathered through their work with common native plant-feeding insects and naturalized imported biological control insects. It underscores the importance of these insects in curbing invasive aquatic and wetland weeds. The manual is organized alphabetically by plant name, from alligatorweed to water-primrose, and the various insects that attack them. Each section includes a history of each insect, its host plants, and its biology and ecology. A special section concentrates on insects with broad diets--those that can't be listed as feeding on just one particular host plant. For example, the red spider mite (Tetranychus tumidus) feeds on plantain, mango, corn, sweet potato and citrus, as well as on water hyacinth. The online version of the IPRL manual is available at: https://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/aquaticweeds/aquaticweeds.pdf
  2. So I have been seeing what I thought was the dead body of an insect floating at the top of my water. I just assumed it was a bug that got trapped under the lid so I'd take it out. Now I think it was actually molts. I was looking at my tank and saw what im pretty sure was a dragonfly nymph. It was on a leaf i grabbed my net and when i tried to catch it it crawled off and i couldn't find it. Im not sure how to get rid of it but even worse i have my shrimp coming in in like a week. right now it's just bladder snails and plants in the tank. Does anyone know anything i can do to get rid of this(these?) thing(s)? This is the first time I've noticed it and it's pretty freaking big like maybe inch and a half. Also I couldn't get a picture sorry.
  3. Found it on my bolbitis I recently picked up. Not sure if it came in on that or another plant since it’s been in my tank potted for a couple weeks since I got it. Anyone know what this is?
  4. So I've taken everything out of my tank and caught like 6 or 7 of these. Im pretty sure they are dragonfly nymphs. But im worried now because there's so many I can't be sure I got them all. I don't want to kill all the snails in my tank is there anything i can do that will kill the nymphs and not the snails. Also is it possible there are still eggs or would they have all hatched by now?
  5. Hey All Names Jonathan ! I'm an Australian born and raised fish nerd with a university background in aquatic ecology (both marine and fresh) I also work for a local pet shop also specialising in the aquarium section. My current aquatic pets are a Fahaka puffer, Freshwater stingray, Ranchu/orandas and Moor goldfish and a small planted tank with peppermint bristlenose and Siamese algae eaters Feel free to use this for fellow Aussie aquarium keepers to chat about problems, questions or share about yourself and anyone else from around the world wanting to chat talk or ask about anything or about the beautiful Australia and our fish community Aquarium nerds forever!!
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