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New to Forum & Planted Aquarium; Detritus Worms

Hello folks! My name is Jonathan. While I have been an aquarium hobbyist for over 15 years keeping exotic freshwater fish, my latest project is a first.

I have set up a 72 gallon fully planted aquarium and I seem to be having an issue with detritus worms. This is my first encounter with these parasites and read it is a sign of poor maintenance of the aquarium. However, this is not the case in my tank.

Here are the stats on the tank.

Age: 36 days old
Cycle: In its final days.
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Ammonium: .50
Nitrite: 0.0
Nitrate: 30 ppm
p.H. 6.4
K.H. 3

No CO2 (will hook up in Aug/Sept)
Dose: Iron root tabs, potassium, and trace minerals.
Light 35W (210 watts equivalent), 6500k - 10,000k adjustable LED.
Wet/Dry filter

I have already been through the ammonia & Nitrite spike. I am waiting for the last bit of ammonium to covert.

This is a soft water aquarium for South American fish.

20% water change every 4 days. I use a small airline tube to clean around substrate so not to disturb my dwarf hair grass and baby tears that have started carpeting.

I have 6 otocinclus catfish which have been feeding on the diatoms and algae - no additional feedings. That is it for fish.

Do you think that the detritus worms could have hitch-hiked on some of the plants? I purchased a dwarf red water lily from lfs and had 3 snails find their way from that plant. I just added the plant last week and didn't have a problem with the pests until then. Or is this a normal occurrence in a planted tank since I don't have fish that would feed on them yet (Cory cats). There are not that many worms but I figure they multiply quickly.

The plants though are growing great. I am surprised because of the lack of pressurized CO2. The first day I started with 1 small tissue culture of Alternanthera reineckii. 30 days later, I have propagated the plant into 14 healthy strong specimens. I am astonished by how quickly they grow!

Any help would be great!

I hope to stick around and learn.

Thank you!
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Usually they appear from over feeding. And usually otos don't survive in a new tank.
I think once you add fish you will be fine.
My guppies eat them when I stir up the substrate.
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Don't worry about them, unless you're creeped out by their look or presence. They are not parasites, and offer the fish the occasional live snack.
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Did you use ECO-complete? if so those are "enhanced root symbionts",lol. I get them for a day or so in every tank I've set up with ECO.they'll go back in the substrate or get eaten,don't worry about em,they're harmless.

MTS? no,I just need one more tank...
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Did you use ECO-complete? if so those are "enhanced root symbionts",lol. I get them for a day or so in every tank I've set up with ECO.they'll go back in the substrate or get eaten,don't worry about em,they're harmless.
No, I used API plant media for ponds. I used Jobe's organic root tabs for the first week before adding plants. I got 50 tabs for $6.00 and they last for 8 weeks.

It works great but the only drawback is it is the substrate is lightweight and easily gets sucked up when cleaning the water.

I almost used Eco-complete. But the price was the deciding factor. Eco-complete looks amazing and the plants love it.

Bump: I guess they're not a big deal then. Phew. Though I don't really like the look of them, hopefully once the tank cycles the fish I buy will eat them.
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