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Howdy -- I have a 1gallon tank with a banana plant, some java moss and some other unknown plant. The only inhabitant is a Betta that loves to play/hunt in the java moss. I've recently noticed these 1/32" - 1/64" tiny little white worm looking things. They move really quick considering their size and theres a whooooole lot of 'em. What are these things? and how did they invade my tank? I feed the Betta bloodworms, would it come from them?


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Not sure what there scientific name is, but they appear in tanks that are overfeed and/or have messy fish... I used to get them in my Cichlid tanks... Cut back on the feeding and some water changes and they seem to disappear...

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Thanks for the info. I'll try to regain control of the tank from these damned nematodes.

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Maybe your betta is enjoying a nematode snack when he is hunting amongst the java moss, He may be upset about you taking away his goodies :-)


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Nematodes are actually good to have in your water. Although unsightley, they cause no harm to your fish or your plants. I don't think that you get them from overfeeding though.

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I'm not going to say you don't get them from overfeeding, but you can get them without overfeeding. I had nothing but shrimp, which I didn't feed, and some ramshorns in my 10. Every time I did a water change/fert routine literally hundreds of them would come out of nowhere doing the wiggle dance as they spun around in the tank's current. I put some fish in there, started feeding, and about 3 weeks later, don't see them any more.

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Yeah, I though they were a sign of bad water quality.
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The nemotode population seem to have drop a bit after a few water changes (I regularly do a 50% - 75% water change every 3-5days). I started to hand feed the betta the blood worms so that they dont escape into the gravel and rot. The banana plant has been sending up lillies every week (5 so far) since it's been in the 1g and the lillies make a great plate for the worms to slowly squirm off right into the bettas mouth.

BTW- i thought banana plants only send up lillies when its bananas are planted too deep into the substate? The one in my 1g sit right on top of the gravel and it's going insane with the loooooong vines/lillies. Theres a 15w compact fluorescent that sits about 1" away from the lillies, would that be causing the lillies w/looong stems to grow instead of the regular short stemed, unterwater leaves?

Also, shouldn't I be seeing some flowering soon since it's sending up lillies?

(I'll post pics of the lillies soon)

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Here's a few pictures of nematode infested 1gallon tank.

http://www.tacohell.net/~law1ess/fish/1gallon.html
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I've seen them in every tank. Not caused BY overfeeding, but it suer helps the population, ime.
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