Is this a Dragonfly Nymph Carapase in my Gym Tera tank?

The Masked Shadow

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I have an outside 55g tank with Gymnogeophagus and a rapidly growing population of Mosquitofish, Platys, and sailfish mollies. There are a lot of plants, and 4 floating Water Hyacinth and Water Lettuce, and I saw this weird thing on a Water Hyacinth leaf. I think it’s a Dragonfly nymph carapace, isn’t it? I checked all my fish just in case they killed one, but all the gymno’s are there. So, is this a Dragonfly thingy?

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edit: it’s on the brown lead closest to the top left.
 
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Looks like it.
 
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Do they eat any fish that are 1/8 or 1/4 of an inch.
 
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I had one in my scud tank, still in the aquatic stage. Either they ate it or it got out because I couldn’t find it last time I looked.
Looks to be the same thing as what I had.
 

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Sorry this is off topic but what’s a scud?
Common name for the freshwater amphipod. It’s a small shrimp-like crustacean that is a great food for fish and a great algae eater:
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Dragonfly larvae eat livebearer fry and other fish fry. Fish eat dragonfly larvae. I can’t see a 1.5” cichlids getting taken down by dragonfly larvae. I do have 100s of dragonflies and larvae throughout the season. The main thing to watch out for is dragonflies will sew your eyes shut while you sleep.
 
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