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05-07-2013 08:48 AM
InannaMoon For future reference, we used No Planaria and it did the trick! Stuff is amazing and didn't have any problems with my shrimpies. Yay!

Still working on getting the tank into shape after all this mess though. Always a long recovery, isn't it?
03-03-2013 01:32 PM
Soothing Shrimp +1 on using what you already have and congratulations on taking care of the problem.
03-03-2013 12:20 PM
InannaMoon Nope,didn't remove the shrimp when I put the gouramis in, it was only a temp measure but seemed quite effective. I also now removed the java moss ball that may have been the source of the worms. Think I'll take the gouramis out now and see what happens. If I notice more coming back I can always put them back in.
03-03-2013 08:00 AM
Originally Posted by InannaMoon View Post
So I had put a pair of dwarf gouramis I had in another tank in there and things seem a lot better. Still a few stragglers. I think you're right about corys maybe? But the tank is just a nano so I worry about putting anything like that in there. What do you guys suggest?
Lol baby red tailed catfish......return when problem is gone lololol.
Bad idea.

Uhh they actually look too big to be eaten by I would go loaches or some small catfish.....but I didn't read if u did it or not remove the shrimp when u add those badboys.
03-03-2013 07:00 AM
InannaMoon So I had put a pair of dwarf gouramis I had in another tank in there and things seem a lot better. Still a few stragglers. I think you're right about corys maybe? But the tank is just a nano so I worry about putting anything like that in there. What do you guys suggest?
02-26-2013 09:46 AM
Magnum26 Get some clown loaches if your tank is big enough, they will love to munch on things like that.
02-26-2013 07:29 AM
Bananariot Buy corydoras or catfish to eat them xD
02-26-2013 07:15 AM
InannaMoon They are gliding along the surface, the more I watch them, the more I think the round ones are swollen versions of the flatworm things. I've stuck a couple of dwarf gouramis in the tank for the moment hoping they will start eating them and I'll see if I can get rid of as many as possible through siphoning. I don't own a turkey baster (as I usually use a brush to baste my chickens and turkeys! ) but will definitely be investing in one for fishy purposes as it seems a really good way of getting stuff off the bottom of a nano like that.

I'm guessing they came in on a java moss ball as that is where they seem to be congregating. I bought 3 from the same LFS that were in different tanks, one of the others I was lucky enough to have fish eggs that hatched into fry! Only one survived (As it was purely a planted tank and didn't even think to look for fish in it!!!!) but I'd take that over those wormy things anyday. I HATE WORMS!!
02-26-2013 01:30 AM
Never seen underwater maggots before....

There's a picture of a maggot looking critter top right photo if you follow this link.....

The photo you posted is not clear enough, but I'll guess it's some sort of lepidopteran larvae that will turn into a moth. Watch the leaves on your plants, if there's chunks cut out of it, it's definitely a aquatic caterpillar.

I've only seen a few in my tank, but seems like you have over a dozen of these cocoon like critters.

Good luck
02-26-2013 01:02 AM
CookieM Need a more focus picture to identify it.
02-26-2013 12:53 AM
mordalphus Do they move? If so, do they move by gliding on a surface like a snail, or do they inch like an inch worm.

They look almost like engorged leeches, but the wrong color.
02-26-2013 12:50 AM
Bananariot I would fish everything out and pour bleach inside...............
lol don't do that.

Still those things are eyepopping nasty.
I've never seen anything quite like that.
02-26-2013 12:47 AM
Kinection Gives me the chills more than looking at snakes. It reminds me of the first time I saw a worm in my tank... PANIC ATTACK! I think it would be best to start taking them out. Identifying what they are is obviously the priority though.
02-25-2013 11:58 PM
CookieM Use a turkey baster or something similar to extract it out of the water without touching it. I have several to use when I want to get rid of left over foods, dead plants, or rare occasion dead shrimp. Also work getting rid of worms in tank, just blow then suck in.
02-25-2013 09:37 PM
Chulios66 you don't have to touch them, just use a net or cup an scoop some gravel with them in it. After that just pour them in something else and observe. The reason for putting them in something different is to try out some products that might kill them;don't want to do it then good luck taking them all out.
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