Clean-Up Crew—Tenebrionidae

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Clean-Up Crew—Tenebrionidae

Post by JoeHermits » Sat Mar 06, 2021 3:44 pm

I’ve been trying out a new insect for my clean-up crew, and by “trying out” I mean “these things moved in and won’t leave”.

I don’t have a positive ID on these things but they seem to be native darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae) that hitchhiked on some grapevines I added to my tank.

At five millimeters long, they’re a little bigger than my mites but the populations don’t seem to be conflicting (not that I see much of either anyway). I only know I have beetles because they keep showing up in my saltwater pool.

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Re: Clean-Up Crew—Tenebrionidae

Post by curlysister » Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:33 pm

I love how chill you are about your new friends. Like 'Oh, hey, some new bugs I don't recognize. I guess I'll just see how this plays out.' When many people would be freaking out, you're just embracing it.
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Post by JoeHermits » Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:36 pm

No point in fighting a war you can’t win


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Re: Clean-Up Crew—Tenebrionidae

Post by GotButterflies » Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:42 pm

Hello. I have darkling beetles that I raise, but they are mealworm and superworm sized. The beetles look like the ones you have, but they are about an inch long and boy do they STINK.

Darkling beetles LOVE wood - AND they will lay their eggs wood and dirt. They multiply like CRAZY. I wish I never started breeding them. I originally did it for my box turtle. I would recommend you get them out of your tank before they become a huge nuisance.
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