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Worms in Substrate

Hi all,

I've had my 60P set up for about a month now and have noticed a proliferation of small micro-critters near the substrate. I don't mind the copepods/crustacean looking ones but I've also noticed a large amount of small thin worms in the substrate. Literally every inch of substrate has these small worms and micro-crustaceans.

Does anyone have an ID on these worms and are they going to be a problem? Also, are there any small sized fish that would do well with Harlequin Rasbora that might eat these worms and copepods?



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Loaches! My three kuhli's love worms . They borrow into the substrate to get them. Plus they are great tank mates. Very docile with my betta and neons. Just be sure to get at least three

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Noticed so many wonderful little copepods and worms and other critters when I was fishless cycling my tanks and their only inhabitants were plants. Sadly they all got eaten once I introduced fish.
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Are you sure they're worms?....looks like plant roots to me.
If they are worms, how do you think they got in your tank?

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Are you sure they're worms?....looks like plant roots to me.

If they are worms, how do you think they got in your tank?


They're definitely worms, I see them squirming around the substrate. I have no idea how they came in because all the plants in my tank are tissue cultured.

The only thing I can think of is the Seiryu stone. A few of my stones have really deep crevices that could potentially house micro critters. One of my Seiryu stones actually has a small plant growing out of a crevice so I'm anxious to see what it turns out to be.




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