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I set up a Fluval EBI about a month back (my first tank in seven years) and have just recently got the water parameters to a near perfect level, just making sure it stays stable before adding in some shrimp.

However, I've noticed that there are some tiny white worm-like creatures slithering about on the glass. A google search comes back with a number of possibilities as to what they are as well as some treatments, although some people say they're normal.

So I thought I'd ask around here, has anyone experienced these guys? Are they normal? Should I be worried? I've not put any food in the tank but I've noticed that the gravel has got a little dirty at the front, perhaps from dead plant matter. As there are no shrimp in I think I'm going to give cleaning the front of a gravel a go but I don't have a gravel cleaner so that might get messy! I do my weekly water changes without fail and everything else seems to be going swimmingly.

Frustratingly they're far too small to photograph. But tiny white worms, about 1-3mm in length with a slightly larger head, wiggling around attached to the glass is fairly accurate.

Thanks!
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Hi

I set up a Fluval EBI about a month back (my first tank in seven years) and have just recently got the water parameters to a near perfect level, just making sure it stays stable before adding in some shrimp.

However, I've noticed that there are some tiny white worm-like creatures slithering about on the glass. A google search comes back with a number of possibilities as to what they are as well as some treatments, although some people say they're normal.

So I thought I'd ask around here, has anyone experienced these guys? Are they normal? Should I be worried? I've not put any food in the tank but I've noticed that the gravel has got a little dirty at the front, perhaps from dead plant matter. As there are no shrimp in I think I'm going to give cleaning the front of a gravel a go but I don't have a gravel cleaner so that might get messy! I do my weekly water changes without fail and everything else seems to be going swimmingly.

Frustratingly they're far too small to photograph. But tiny white worms, about 1-3mm in length with a slightly larger head, wiggling around attached to the glass is fairly accurate.

Thanks!
They are planaria worms. I used to get them too. Before doing my planted tank, I rear cichlids, and those tiny worms are abundant, too many to the point that I nuke the tank almost every month. No matter what people say about to cut down the feeding, vacuum the gravel more often, they will not reduce easily.

When my cichlids died from dropsy, I cleaned up the tank and almost given up rearing fish. But later, decided to do planted tank. I set up my tank, and in 2 weeks, the planarias are back! I waited another few days for the water to stabilize and added an OTO CATFISH. WHAM! the planarias are no where to be seen on the glass anymore.

So, there you go. OTO CATFISH EATS planaria i supposed. Not entirely sure, because I also have 5 active danios. But i can tell you right now my tank is free (visibly) from those tiny planaria worms.

Hope that helps.
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Planaria for sure....I finally blasted my tank with this and I am finally planaria free. I used 2X recommended dosage...twice...

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They are planaria worms. I used to get them too. Before doing my planted tank, I rear cichlids, and those tiny worms are abundant, too many to the point that I nuke the tank almost every month. No matter what people say about to cut down the feeding, vacuum the gravel more often, they will not reduce easily.

When my cichlids died from dropsy, I cleaned up the tank and almost given up rearing fish. But later, decided to do planted tank. I set up my tank, and in 2 weeks, the planarias are back! I waited another few days for the water to stabilize and added an OTO CATFISH. WHAM! the planarias are no where to be seen on the glass anymore.

So, there you go. OTO CATFISH EATS planaria i supposed. Not entirely sure, because I also have 5 active danios. But i can tell you right now my tank is free (visibly) from those tiny planaria worms.

Hope that helps.
My Otto's didn't touch em, The link above will work for sure, just be careful if you dose WITH Fauna in the tank, I killed a few shrimp and an Otto by od'ing just a hair over what was recommended.


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Ah, the bastards.

I've yet to put any livestock in there but there are a number of plants and mosses growing well, is that likely to affect those in any way?

It seems as though we don't have the exact version in the UK so I'll try and find an alternative or see if that site will deliver here. A nuking needs to occur. I've had a bit of fun running them over with my algae magnet, although I'm sure they're so tiny that that probably just knocks them off.

Thanks for the help.
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