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White worm??

I have never seen this worm in the past it is not Planaria or a leach.
I picked out 2 of them with tweezers swimming in the tank in the past 2 days, never seen them on the glass or substrate. I would say ˝ inch long the top half it is thinker and the bottom half thin.
What could it be?
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I gooled for Rhabdocoela and did not find anything like I found in my tank.
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I gooled for Rhabdocoela and did not find anything like I found in my tank.
I posted a link right below my comment, that's where you need to go for ID.
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Yes I saw that and I went Shrimp now and to the German website as well but I could not find anything
If you could send more help I would really appreciate that.
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There is a sticky at the top of the shrimp forum. In it there should be a lengthy thread on id-ing bugs in the shrimp tank that might be helpful to you.

Without photos it's going to be near impossible to truly help you, sorry.
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Raven I appreciate your help, When I see them I grab tweezers and pull them out they are too small to take a photo with the phone and don’t keep my SLR by my tank in fear that my 3 year old son might stick it in the water. He did that with my phone.
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I tell ya, I've got on Olloclip for my Iphone that does a great job on macro pics...sometimes it's the only way I can identify bugs! I think they are fairly cheap if you've got a phone they will work with. I don't keep my DSLR near my tanks either I'm accident prone and have a child too

Flat white worms I think more common in tanks are rhabdacoela and planaria. Skinny wiggly round worms can be nematodes, detritus worms, and some others (can't recall off the top of my head).

Here's another site that might help

http://www.planetinverts.com/what_is..._aquarium.html
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I was able to take some pictures of the worms in question.
Thank you for replies.
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Detritus worm or nematode is what it looks like to me. Both are harmless.
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I second raven

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Looks a little like an earthworm, doesnt it.. It's an annelid which makes it a Detritus Worm. If you use a strong magnifier and some good light, you should be able to see body segments like an earthworm and see two hairs growing from each segment.
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I had it in my tank. To put it out there it looks like sperm. It's harmless
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I agree it does look like sperm.
Thanks guys
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