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#1 amethyst

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:06 AM

When I was doing a partial water change on one of my tanks the other day, I noticed tiny wiggly worms. They are white, no bigger around than thread, and less than 1/4" long. Anybody have any idea what they are and what I should do about them? Should I try to get rid of them - I can't see how, without a complete clean/sanitation, which would mean I'd have to move the fish somewhere else and recycle the tank from scratch, unless there is something I can add to the water that will kill them and not hurt the fish. Or are they something that the fish will eat and that I should encourage, and if so, how? Or should I just ignore them?

The tank has juvenile swordtails mostly, along with a couple of adult female swordtails and a juvy male molly, in case that matters.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:37 AM

Sound like detrious worms or neros, i have them in my tank after i stir the gravel. I was over feeding and thats what caused a big pop sipke. Now i dont let food hit the gravel and they seem to be gone, i know elton liked to eat them, wether they were good or not he did. I would also find them after gravel vacs since it also stirred gravel. Depending on how much poop hits tha gravel that may or may not be the cause also.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:32 AM

Yep, planeria-like worms. :) They're harmless, just a sign of overfeeding. Cut back on feeding and they'll die off.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:03 PM

Good topic. Ive noticed that in one of my tanks before as well.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:43 AM

Yep, planeria-like worms. :) They're harmless, just a sign of overfeeding. Cut back on feeding and they'll die off.


Yeah, I was feeding a lot, trying to get the juvy swordtails to grow faster, so that's probably what did it. I've since cut back to a regular feeding schedule, because I simply don't have the time to do daily or ever-other-day water changes.




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