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I don't think those are planara on the snail. I'm wagering some type of parasite here.
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I took the driftwood and all the snails out, then thoroughly boiled the wood... most of the snails died. I think I see some snail eggs, should I take them out?

Would it be helpful to mention that my GH is 1? I noticed when I picked out some of the snails their shells were very soft and easily got crushed. When crushed, **** came out, it was awful... I think I'm going to reset the whole thing or buy some dog dewormer. Any ideas how the stuff got in? I did some lab experiments at school the other week on planaria, and these don't look like them. Just to be safe I still want to nuke the place.

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WTH - my snails are growing tentacles and worms!

Jeez... This is literally a nightmare.

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I don't think those are planara on the snail. I'm wagering some type of parasite here.
^ same here. I remember reading where snails might carry parasitic worms.
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They don't look like planaria to me. But I would probably reset the tank too.

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There are certain types of internal parasites that cause growths like that in snails. The growths aren't the actual parasite. I don't remember what they are called, but I remember reading about them in my parasitology class.
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So, what do I do?

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So, what do I do?
Get rid of the snails. Then watch to see if anything unusual shows up. If you really want snails get a better variety from a better source.
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So, what do I do?
There are like 4-5 votes for restarting the tank from scratch

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Treat with a parasite med like this:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=12098

I have no experience with dealing with parasites so I can not comment nor recommend any certain brand. Maybe others can lend some advice.
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I eliminated all of the snails, guess it's time to reset. Should I change out the soil and everything?

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Great! Good luck! Best new soil and everything. You should bleach the tank, cycle it in your filter so it can get rid of all the "yuck". Treat it the same way as you would with bacteria infection for best results. It would be terrible if you had to clean out the whole tank, get new soil, etc. and some eggs or young ones in your filter survives and gets into the tank :/

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looks like harmless old planaria too me ,perhaps hiding in the snails shell for protection and peering out to take some scraps from the snail??. Pretty sure it's not a leech though.
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WTH - my snails are growing tentacles and worms!

Planaria aren't harmless.. At all. But we don't really think it is planaria any longer.

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I think I might nuke the whole tank because the worms are EVERYWHERE. What should I do? Maybe I can do a water change with boiling water after turning off the filter? I'm going to remove the snails, then shoot them.

The weird thing is, the worms don't appear to be alive. I sucked some up with a syringe and all they do is sink, not moving. They are also easily ripped apart.
Try remove the infected snail and keep the shrimp in a temporary tank. Put in couple tetra or other aggressive fishes and let them munch on the leech, worm, and others.
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