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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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oh my GOD - Leech

So I have a 10gallon snowball tank. It is extremely low maintenance and just sits in my room.

I've always noticed this one worm wiggling in the substrate. I never thought of it much because it looked like an earthworm.

Today I noticed it swimming and acting a way differently than an earthworm. I realized after some Google searches and thinking, then verified it was a leech.

The snowballs are fine, there are a TON of babies and berried shrimp. I didn't think the leech was doing much damage, but when I drop in an algae wafer, it would go there and start whip lashing shrimplets and shrimp off the food.

Knowing that it was a leech, I didn't want to put my hand in there or do anything because they are very freaky and I was squeamish to siphon it out.

So I took my plant scissors and made myself scared half to death and what I did to the thing... pretty much snip snip.

Do they self replicate like planaria? and are they asexual? I've been reading some posts and Google results, would be nice to get a straight answer from someone.

Any replies would be great.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 06:23 AM
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did you remove the leech once you mangled it?
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no I was hoping the shrimp would just eat him for protein ._. I have no intention of getting over my fear of grabbing those things with tweezer and taking it out of the water *shudders* I hope they don't replicate like planaria and I'll end up with mangled leech replicas ):
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no I was hoping the shrimp would just eat him for protein ._. I have no intention of getting over my fear of grabbing those things with tweezer and taking it out of the water *shudders* I hope they don't replicate like planaria and I'll end up with mangled leech replicas ):
Shrimp won't eat it, get a turkey baster and suck that thing out.
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Shrimp won't eat it, get a turkey baster and suck that thing out.
yup, whatever you gotta do. It shouldnt just sit... Im not sure how leeches replicate either, has it moved since you killed it?
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I think it does move a bit if I don't completely mangle the life out of it...
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can we get some pics? I want to see what it looks like.
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I could be wrong, but aren't leeches the type of organisms that, if you cut it into pieces, each one of the pieces than regenerates into a leech? So if you cut it into two pieces, you now have two leeches? It's been awhile since I sat through biology class so I apologize if this is wrong. Either way, I agree with what others have said: get it out of the tank.
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I could be wrong, but aren't leeches the type of organisms that, if you cut it into pieces, each one of the pieces than regenerates into a leech?
Where I live that is a common belief, but after some much needed reading, it seems everyone around me in wrong. After reading this, I searched the net high and low and most say that isn't true.

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It´s kinda brave to make thread about how you are a wuss.

Just pick it up, it´s not going to alien-jump on to youre face and kidnap youre family. Think of it as a hardening experience
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It´s kinda brave to make thread about how you are a wuss.

Just pick it up, it´s not going to alien-jump on to youre face and kidnap youre family. Think of it as a hardening experience
Oh but if it get on your skin it will burrow under your skin and crawl all over your body.
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can we get some pics? I want to see what it looks like.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2tL1AN6fcE

This is what it exactly looks like. Haven't been able to see them come out as much, I think because I was snipping them to bits on sight lol ._.

I guess I'll use a turkey baster instead from now on, but they seem to be burrowing into the substrate more often now making it harder to scout for them.
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you can touch leeches like they wony latch on to you in a snap. whenever I go fishing and I see a fish with a leech, i just take those suckers off... heh see what I did there? I use my bare hands and use my nail to get em off. Then i flick em like boogers into the dirt.
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you can touch leeches like they wony latch on to you in a snap. whenever I go fishing and I see a fish with a leech, i just take those suckers off... heh see what I did there? I use my bare hands and use my nail to get em off. Then i flick em like boogers into the dirt.
I would also like to point out that they dont actually bite. Im not sure on the process they use to suck blood but they dont have teeth...at least im pretty sure.
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I poke leeches with needles and dunk them in a pail with water mixed with muriatic acid. That's how I kill them. I was very squeamish so that's what I did.

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