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Old 06-14-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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What is this worm?


It's worm can be described as a hair-thin creature going through the substrate. There is a small-medium amount of them in my shrimp tank, and I don't know what to do! I don't think they are planaria, as planaria are wider in shape. Can anyone tell me what they are and ways to preventer eliminate them? Pics can't be taken, because they are so tiny that not even a phone camera can focus on it.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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Sounds like nematodes/common detritus worms. Normal for a new tank. Nothing to worry about.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:53 PM   #3
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Sounds like nematodes/common detritus worms. Normal for a new tank. Nothing to worry about.
Will a large quantity of them harm the shrimps in any way, like planaria?
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Will a large quantity of them harm the shrimps in any way, like planaria?
No, they're harmless.

But a large amount of them points to overfeeding or an abundance of decaying matter.
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No, they're harmless.

But a large amount of them points to overfeeding or an abundance of decaying matter.
Would decaying matter be dying plants and/or poo?
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Would decaying matter be dying plants and/or poo?
acclimating waste over time makes them appear..

mine appear over time due to build up of waste and food cause I never vac the substrate
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acclimating waste over time makes them appear..

mine appear over time due to build up of waste and food cause I never vac the substrate
Will not vacuuming the substrate harm the shrimp? Since I have the Ebi stratum from fluval, it's pretty difficult to clean the substrate. How can I prevent the rise of these worms?
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:36 AM   #8
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Will not vacuuming the substrate harm the shrimp? Since I have the Ebi stratum from fluval, it's pretty difficult to clean the substrate. How can I prevent the rise of these worms?
Get couple snails like: MTS, Ramshorn, Pond, Nerite (popular choice in cleaning waste and glass). Or you can get Amano shrimp they do an excellent job too.
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Get couple snails like: MTS, Ramshorn, Pond, Nerite (popular choice in cleaning waste and glass). Or you can get Amano shrimp they do an excellent job too.
How big will the mts's shell grow? My substrate is about 1 inch tall, so if their shell is more than an inch, they are out of the list. And will they actually clean the substrate of the waste buildup? And do they get very prolific once established in the tank? I was also thinking of getting nerite snails, but do they actually clean waste, aside from cleaning algae?
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This is an MTS. They get about an inch long, but as you can see their shells are pretty narrow. They should have no problem burrowing in 1 inch thick substrate. I use them in my tanks and they're my favorite snail, in large part because they spend most of their time buried under the substrate. Also a bonus: They're livebearers so they don't leave eggs stuck all over the place.

Nerites are beautiful, but if you get a female one she'll leave eggs all over your tank.

MTS can be somewhat prolific, though not usually that bad unless you're overfeeding. It's not that hard to scoop a few out from time to time either. They're extremely slow moving, even by snail standards.
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This is an MTS. They get about an inch long, but as you can see their shells are pretty narrow. They should have no problem burrowing in 1 inch thick substrate. I use them in my tanks and they're my favorite snail, in large part because they spend most of their time buried under the substrate. Also a bonus: They're livebearers so they don't leave eggs stuck all over the place.

Nerites are beautiful, but if you get a female one she'll leave eggs all over your tank.

MTS can be somewhat prolific, though not usually that bad unless you're overfeeding. It's not that hard to scoop a few out from time to time either. They're extremely slow moving, even by snail standards.
I don't think I should get mts, as my tank is already overstocked and prolificity can lead to some serious issues. Are there any substrate burrowers or cleaners apt hat won't get as prolific as mts? Do nerites have a lot of bioload? I know they only clean the algae, and I have no algae issues atm, so are there any substrate cleaning snails that don't breed in freshwater or a nonprolific type of substrate cleaning snail?
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