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Old 12-23-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Tiny long thin worms ONLY on the glass???


My phone camera can't capture these so here is similar to what it looks like and the thread related. No one knows a treatment for it apparently.



Thread: http://www.shrimpscape.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=4104

Worm:
* Long, very very thin. Threadlike.
* Has a tiny tiny head - I had planaria before - this isn't it
* When dosed Melafix directly on it, they turn into a tiny ball
* Added a little food to see if they swarm, they didn't.
* Only likes to hang on the glass, the higher up to the surface, the more there are.
* Doesn't crawl anywhere other than the glass. No on the substrate or anywhere else.
* About a dozen a week ago, now about 100's

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* New setup. Reused old substrate left out in the sun to dry.
* Used tap water to cycle
* Set up for a shrimp tank. No shrimps or anything added yet other than snails to eat mulm and detritus.

Anyone know what they are or know how to treat these?
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:10 PM   #2
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Why would you want to treat these? They're a natural part of your tank. They're decomposers and serve a vital role in very tank. They're also unavoidable in shrimp only tanks because shrimps don't eat these (fish love them tho, hence you see less in fish tanks).
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look like detris worms, as already mentioned by ch3fb0yrdeethese are harmless decomposers. there large number can be because of overfeeding. vaccumming the gravel will help.
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Why would you want to treat these? They're a natural part of your tank. They're decomposers and serve a vital role in very tank. They're also unavoidable in shrimp only tanks because shrimps don't eat these (fish love them tho, hence you see less in fish tanks).
These are very unsightly to look at and a bit yucky in a way if you ever have to stick your hands in the tank :/ And I think the kind you mention about stays on the substrate level. I have those too in all my mature shrimp tanks. It's part of a healthy biological system but these don't appear to be the same. They are ONLY on the glass, literally that is where they live. I tried pushing some off the glass with a tweezer, they fall on the substrate and climb right back on the glass again. It's weird, never seen before. Wondering if I can just add some baby guppies or mollies to eat them up?

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look like detris worms, as already mentioned by ch3fb0yrdeethese are harmless decomposers. there large number can be because of overfeeding. vaccumming the gravel will help.
It's a brand new tank, cycling so feeding/overfeeding isn't ever the problem. They don't live on the gravel :/
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Old 12-24-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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I had these once and was able to get rid of them with one good cleaning. Scrubbed them off the glass and then vacuumed the substrate well and that was it.
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