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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-16-2017, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I just successfully fishless cycled my first tank in 2.5 weeks. I looked this morning and there are tiny hair-like thrashing worms in the water. They don't have eyes or a flat head. They also just get pushed along the current. They arent stuck along the glass or in the substrate. Any advice on what they might be? Thank you.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-17-2017, 01:29 AM
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Sounds like planaria and it's a nightmare to get rid of. Some people say just don't feed as much and it will go away but I find thats not the case. I've dealt with it numerous times over the years and the best way to get rid of it is to strip your tank down and let everything dry out for a week. If you keep the fish may bring it back into the aquarium with them. Quarantine the fish in another tank and treat the tank with seachem cupramine. Or just get rid of the fish and completely start over. Or just live with it.
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I don't believe this is planaria, as these tend to have flat heads and visible eyes (two things the OP mentioned where not present). They also have very distinctive triangle-shaped heads and stick to the glass rather than swim freely.

That being said, it will be difficult to determine the type of worm without a picture or video.

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It was so hard getting a video. But this is the best one.

I'm not enterly sure if my video uploaded.

The worm is the hair like thing on the right hand side by the black and brown rock.
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What fish are you planning on?
Molly, platy, swordtails etc.. have ate all the garbage up in my tanks.

I now have a Phishless tank and many critters exist there.


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Growing is not that difficult.
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One betta and cant put anything else because it is a 3.7 gal.
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Looks like detritus worms to me. Harmless in small numbers though seeing many may be due to too much detritus, waste or little oxygen.
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Yes I would agree they look like detritus worms. The betta will love snacking on them.

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Your fish are going to love your tank; fresh meat? No worries.

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