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Dayumdanny 11-11-2012 03:58 AM

What is this gross worm?
 
I already looked in the "what is this bug thread" but this is very unusual... Ugly... And gives me the chills. The closet thing it looks like is planaria. But this is different... It's fast.... It goes from being 1cm and stretches to 3cm in a blink of an eye. It's brown. And it seems to attatched itself to the glass with a mouth kind of like a leech... And it can swim, it wiggles. Ill let the pictures do justice. I was able to catch it and put it in a spoon

http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/...3992816B60.jpg

http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/...398A9D12F8.jpg

http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/...398355542E.jpg

plantbrain 11-11-2012 04:00 AM

If each end can suck and stay attached to something, sort of like an inch worm, then it's a leech.

If it's red and has setae(hairs) like the marine polycheates, well, I've had them up to about 4-5" long myself, not sure what those are.

Looks more like a leech to me, Hirudenia.

Dayumdanny 11-11-2012 04:03 AM

It seems to only suck on one end. And the other end is like it's eye, doesn't attatch to anything just maneuvers

It has no hairs, just 1 whole body part.

Dayumdanny 11-11-2012 11:52 AM

Should I be concerned that I have this in my tank? What are the effects of having this? I'm Clueless

Merth 11-11-2012 12:17 PM

Flush flush I wouldn't leave in tank

Dayumdanny 11-11-2012 02:14 PM

Yeah I removed it the moment I saw it.

Aquasapien69 11-11-2012 03:02 PM

Yep, sounds like a leech to me too.

Dayumdanny 11-11-2012 05:41 PM

Should I be concerned that there is more leeches?

GreenBliss 11-11-2012 06:17 PM

Did you put anything new in your tank lately?

I would keep checking your tank.

ravensgate 11-11-2012 06:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dayumdanny (Post 2075060)
Should I be concerned that there is more leeches?

You should absolutely be concerned. They can do a number on a shrimp and are dang near impossible to get rid of short of breaking down the tank and bleaching everything. Hope this was just a lone leech.

Dayumdanny 11-11-2012 08:27 PM

My tank is pretty bare, ill continue to keep an eye out, would safeguard do anything to these leeches? I have safeguard ready, and I have not put anything new in my tank

Computer Science 11-11-2012 08:34 PM

Oh man that is so creepy. It went from being fat/stubby in the first picture and then elongated in the second picture.

ravensgate 11-11-2012 08:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dayumdanny (Post 2075203)
My tank is pretty bare, ill continue to keep an eye out, would safeguard do anything to these leeches? I have safeguard ready, and I have not put anything new in my tank

No it won't work on leeches.


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