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Old 04-10-2013, 01:12 AM   #16
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White worms on the glass or gravel are usually a sign of overfeeding and bad water quality.
Kinda yes kinda no. There's nothing really to eat them in shrimp tanks. In fish tanks, I agree with you.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:26 AM   #17
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It sounds like you might have planarians, though I can't be positive. Do you have any pictures of the worms?

Also, did your shrimp die before or after you treated the tank with anti-parasite medication?

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:44 AM   #18
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Planaria is more like leeches... more slug and less wormy.

It is highly unlikely that this tank was adequately cycled and stocked in the 3 week period that could sustain life without casualty unless you used products like microb-lift niteout 2 and special blend or equivalent.

If this were the case, there would likely be mention of water params, water change schedules, tds and focused on toxicity rather than chalking it up to wormy parasites. Has the water been changed or even tested for ammonia, nitrates and nitrides?

Is your water gh/kh/ph sufficient to sustain invertebrates... death within 2-3 weeks is actually common for shrimp living in ill suited water conditions as they can pretty much hold until such time...
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:25 AM   #19
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What kind of fish did you pay $15 for?
  • Also can you list off your equipment you used with your 20G Long?
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  • What is the specific type of medication you used?

From what you're describing.... it sounds more like AMMONIA poisoning than some sort of major parasite infestation, but without photographs, there's no way you can make sure you followed the recommended treatment method to rid yourself of the worms.

A few weeks ago.... I met a person to trade plants for a portion of fish food & he told me a little story about his latest disaster & he used some sort of "STRANGE" unlabeled medication, I FORGET what he was treating.... oh it was Calamus worms. He used some "White stuff" on his 20G that he bought at some small pet store that was also KNOWN to sell unique adult videos on the side.

"WHITE stuff" can be ANYTHING. But I found the cala worms story & treatment method... absolutely HILARIOUS, I could tell he was desperate to rid himself of the worms that were "dangling" out of the guppies, but to use some unlabeled medication probably wasn't the "best idea".

As ACD suggested, post your "water test" results.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:27 PM   #20
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Tiny white worms are harmless, at least in my experience. They show up when I overfeed.

Like everybody said, either you have some water issues or the tank is not fully cycled yet. Good Luck!
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:43 PM   #21
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What kind of fish did you pay $15 for?
i'd really like to know this... did you put a clown fish in there?

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A few weeks ago.... I met a person to trade plants for a portion of fish food & he told me a little story about his latest disaster & he used some sort of "STRANGE" unlabeled medication, I FORGET what he was treating.... oh it was Calamus worms. He used some "White stuff" on his 20G that he bought at some small pet store that was also KNOWN to sell unique adult videos on the side.
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The reason why I know its a parasite is because one of the fish has a worm hanging around its head.
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The reason why I know its a parasite is because one of the fish has a worm hanging around its head.
You won't really get any help without parameters, numbers and pictures, is all we are saying.
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Sounds like anchor worms, but then again I highly doubt there would be as many as you describe in any tank.

And just a tip: never pay $15 for a platty again, you're massively overpaying.
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As for the shrimp are you sure they died and didn't become a snack for the Mollies?
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The worms are white and they are over the water line in the spots that have some moisture when I turn the lights on in the morning. They aren't flat, but they look like a strand of hair. They have survived three different types of parasite killers and none of them work. Maybe this will help in showing what I mean. This isn't my tank, but the worms look just like the ones I have.
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Those don't look like parasitic worms to me but if you want to get rid of them use a dewormer like Fenbendazole, not an antiparasitic.
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Those don't look like parasitic worms to me but if you want to get rid of them use a dewormer like Fenbendazole, not an antiparasitic.
That won't rid anything but planaria and hydra
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #29
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Had worms like that before from overfeeding and not changing my water. They usually gather on the glass at night and when you turn the light on they are the most bunched up. I would do small water changes, grab a paper towel and with a quick wipe, wipe up as many worms as I could first thing in the morning, cut down on feeding and they should go away. Fact that you saw one on a fish was probably either a parasite on that fish or coincidence. Those are common worms from bad water quality due to a tank not being stable and over feeding and over stocking and not enough water changes. 99% sure on that.
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The worms are white and they are over the water line in the spots that have some moisture when I turn the lights on in the morning. They aren't flat, but they look like a strand of hair. They have survived three different types of parasite killers and none of them work. Maybe this will help in showing what I mean. This isn't my tank, but the worms look just like the ones I have. HAIR WORMS....Planaria ( tropical fish tank parasites) - YouTube
water is not clean, over feeding, happy worms.

those worms are not parasites, and parasites kill fish in months, not days.
add too much medicine in dirty water, fish will turn belly up for you.

change the tank water and feed once or twice a day, all food gone less than 5 minutes.
add cory cat, they like those worms, and they can clean the bottom well.
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