KittenFishMom Posted January 23 Share Posted January 23 Please let me know if you have ever had a midge infestation in any of your tanks, and what you did or what I should do about it. It looks like I have some sort of midge infestation in my shrimp/cory tank. They are very small, about the size of fruit but not as beefy. The water has been cloudy for about a week. When the nitrite square on the test strip is light pink, I do a water change. I am sure I was over feeding powdered fry food earlier, but have cut way back. The 3 adult corys and the shrimp seem to be acting normal, no flashing or hiding. It is hard to tell in the shrimp population of 30 has changed with all the cover in the tank. I added a lot of java moss, I had in a shallow pan for a few months, to the tank for cover for the baby neocaridina shrimp babies and the cory fry. I think the java moss had midge fly eggs in it and they are hatching and eating the java moss. I think the java moss caught the powdered food and slowed the water flow, causing a bacteria bloom. I don't know if the midges have any good or bad effect on the tank. The adults that are emerging from the water are gathering on the tank walls about the water line. I have taken the lid off again this morning in hopes that they will fly out of the tank and get lost in the house. I was seeing tiny cory fry several days ago, but have not seen any in a the last few days. I don't know if they are hiding in the java moss, or if the moss has slowed water movement to the point they they are not doing well. I have 2 sponge filters and an air stone in the 10 gallon half cylinder tank. I moved the air stone to the area I saw the midge larva in the java moss against the glass of the tank to increase water flow in that area. Here are some photos of the adult midge flies. There are more photos in the original post: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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