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Unhappy WTH - my snails are growing tentacles and worms!

First time getting snails, I just got a few pond snails for free at Petco. For some reason I've never got hitch hikers off of plants all this time. They're golden/ clearish, but today I noticed some of them are growing tentacles and/or worm like structures. The tentacles look like snail flesh and are emerging from under the shell, and the worms are coming out of the shells on top! I also see some of the worms coming out of my wood, which also has some nasty fungal/algae growth. WAT DO I DO?!?!

1. Normal snail

2. Tentacles

3+4. Worms

5. *****y driftwood
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Whoa, that's gross. Are the snails still alive like that?

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It is absolutely disgusting and terrifying at the same time.

However they (oddly enough) are still alive.

Well, it looks like I now have no more normal snails. All have been infected. (This reminds me of the Flood)

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Looks like leaches to me, there was a good thread recently on dealing with them, but I can't find it. I'd donate the pond snails to a local landfill if I were you.
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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.

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I would definitely remove all the snails and kill them
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Whatever they are, they're not leeches.

At least not the typical common leeches.
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I'm going to murder the snails then boil all of that **** off the driftwood. Hopefully all goes well after that. Hopefully.

It's kind of sad I got such a terrible first impression with snails...

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terrible!

that sh$t sucks.
hope the best.
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they are not leeches..

the body of the creature is white/clearish and might be planaria like people suggested..

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WTH - my snails are growing tentacles and worms!

Planaria look similar to this, and when threatened, they like to play dead or turn into little balls. That could explain both those things.

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It is absolutely disgusting and terrifying at the same time.

However they (oddly enough) are still alive.

Well, it looks like I now have no more normal snails. All have been infected. (This reminds me of the Flood)
It sure is disgusting. If it was me I would just way overdose with worm/parasite pills or whatever you can find and just redo the whole tank. Imagine that gets on you. After watching Monsters Inside Me these things give me goosebumps. Just imagine if something like this gets on you and what it can do to your body. Ok I am gonna stop, its totally grossing me out.

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