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Aquatic Insects

Many bottom-dwelling insects from flowing streams are difficult to keep in aquariums because they need a high oxygen level and water movement, but many of the insects of standing pools keep well in aquariums. Those that come to the surface to breathe, such as water beetles and water bugs, are ideal because they are reasonably independent of water oxygen levels.

Water beetle, Cybister tripunctatus Water beetle, Cybister tripunctatus

Water bug carrying eggs Water bug carrying eggs

Water scorpion, Laccotrephes tristis Water scorpion, Laccotrephes tristis

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