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Old 02-25-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Help, please!! What are these awful things?????


I've found these nasty things in my shrimp only tank. We do water changes of around 30% every week so I wouldn't have thought the water was that bad. I went to my LFS when I first noticed little white worms in the tank but I was told they were most likely a flatworm scavenger and not to worry too much, there is no medicine for them. 2 days later and I see these nasty things that look like over cooked grains of rice. God, they look like maggots or something but they don't appear to be moving. Help, please! There are tons of them!!!

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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They look like a type of worm. Don't have any thing in my mind for saying what they are though. I,personally, would put some in a jar and observe them, seeing what they eat,etc. etc. Good luck
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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omg looks nasty, can you take one by one out ?? or are there too much ?
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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I don't want to touch them. Chulios, what benefit would come from watching them? I'll do it if there is a reason but would rather just find a way to kill them all. There are so many shrimp in that tank I really don't think I'll be able to get them all out safely without losing a bunch. I could just cry. It was going so well up to this point.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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That kinda freaks me out...can we get some closer shots?
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:29 PM   #6
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Theyre like planaria on steroids!


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Old 02-25-2013, 07:35 PM   #7
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Yeah, when they were small and think we thought they were planaria. Is there any change this they have swollen up from something?

Steven, if you click on the image I think it should bring up the bigger version. If you really want to see it. I'm not taking responsibility for any nightmares.
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I hope there aren't ton of eggs in there or else you have to destroy the tank and restart it .
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That certainly does look creepy. I would suggest extracting as many as you can every day.
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I don't want to touch them. Chulios, what benefit would come from watching them?
One benefit I can see is that, if they are the larval stage of something, you might see what they change into and be better able to determine how to eradicate.
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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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Old 02-26-2013, 12:58 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:47 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:50 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:53 AM   #15
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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.
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