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unusual spots, worms in tank?

Hi guys,

sorry if this has been covered before. It's difficult for me to search, because I have no idea what it is.

I've had my tank for just a week now, and I notice these very very small spots that are smaller than a period (...)
moving around on the glass.

A few are also very small worms about .5-1cm in length and move a little faster than my Golden Apple snails. They are pale and white. They do not appear to be completely transparent.

I tried taking a photo, but they are much too small. However they look to be infesting the glass of the tank.

Is there anything that would get rid of these pests?

This is what's currently in my tank if it helps any:
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-10 Amano Shrimp
-2 Golden Apple Snails
-5 Oto Cats
-A few baby snails that tagged along on another plant. I have not been able to identify them yet.

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-Riccia
-and a few other plants
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maybe planaria
sounds like you're overfeeding your tank. i would cut back on the food.

some people use dog dewormer but i'm not sure if it can be used with snails. heres some info on it.

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I had some planaria in my tank. They disappeared when I introduced a Siamese Algae Eater.
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Depending on the size of hte tank, guessing a 10g?, that is a fair amount of stock for a week old tank. Make sure you monitor water parameters and do water changes as needed to keep the Ammonia and Nitrites down. Also the tiny specs moving could be baby snails that hitched on some plants.

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Take a look at the sticky that is in the invertebrates section for a good guide with pictures to identify your unknown creatures. However, from the sounds of it, the worm like creatures are likely Planaria.

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The worms sounds like planaria to me! They are harmless but can be little unnoing and they are sign of overfeeding.


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Being as small as a period would suggest to me baby snails that hitchhiked in on some plants. It is very very common. Planaria could very well be the worms. If they have an arrow shaped head, then you can bet they are. Those likely have come in with the plants too, but I see them more commonly when people use soil type substrates like peat moss.


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Thank you for the replies everyone!

I guess it was a big newb mistake on my end. Woke up today and 4 of the 5 Otos were dead.

Will do a water change tomorrow. Should I vacuum the substrate?
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I would definitely vacuum it, but only 40%-50% of it.


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would vacuuming the substrate remove any of its nutrients?
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would vacuuming the substrate remove any of its nutrients?
What do you mean by this? The nutrients as in "uneaten food?" Or are you talking about the inherent "nutrients" that some substrates have? If it is the latter, then no.

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would vacuuming the substrate remove any of its nutrients?
No! And you not vacuuming all the gravel you want to do only around 50% for the purpose of cleaning out the food...


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Thanks guys.

I need to buy the vacuum thing now. lol
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