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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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I just scored a really great setup for $65! A 55 g with filter, light, etc., etc., etc., and several fish. I wanted to get them back into their home, so I set up the tank again ASAP. The substrate is black gravel -- I want to change it out really soon. It was pretty dirty; it appears there is an UGF in there under about 4" of gravel. I am going to try to use a gravel vac tomorrow once everyone is settled in better. I noticed some really gross little wormy things in the water -- they're about 1 cm long and about hair-thin. They "snake" around through the water. They look a lot like heartworm microfillaria, actually. Are these detritus worms? Do I need to worry about them?
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I'd remove the whole substrate and rinse is thoroughly in hot water and/or vinegar... never know what 'wormy' things can do...

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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That's what I think, too. I spent A LOT of time in the parasitology lab and basically, wormy things are rarely a good thing. ;-) I am going to give these guys a few days to chill out and then pull all the substrate and replace it.
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t could be nematodes, and if it is not a big deal, food for fry in my opinion, last i noticed they're harmless to my fish and i never see em cause they get eaten by just about everything in my tank
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