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ahhhh....tiny white worm like things

Just did a water change and when I turned the filter back on there were a bunch of tiny white worm like things swimming around... Each about 1/4 inch and thin

Parasite?

Do I need to treat with something?

No fish in tank and still cycling.
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its panaria, general cause : over feeding, but as you said no fishes its surprising
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Are you cycling with fish food?
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Planarians don't swim.
It's soil nematodes. Harmless but unsightly. They should go away with more cleaning.


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No food...
Lots of snail poop though :-)


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i had them in my 10 gallon. I think they hitchhiked in on some plants. They'll go away eventually with water changes and light feeding.

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I hate then they are annoying. did you use the substrate or filter from an existing tank? some fish will eat them. as far as i know it doesnt do them any harm. when i started getting longer ones than 2-3 in then i broke down my planted tanks. i only have 2 tanks with substrate left. I had hydra too. freeeking hydra.
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Humm I did use bio media from my cycled tank but have never seen them in there...

So they are no harm to fish?


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From what I've gathered they don't harm anything. Just ugly to look at.

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could be small tubifex
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Crap now I see tiny dust size white bugs that seem to be hopping around on everything


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Crap now I see tiny dust size white bugs that seem to be hopping around on everything
lol you've got an entire ecosystem now XD I think those hopping bugs are either some kind of mite that eats the oils that accumulate on the surface of the water =P


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My head iches just looking at them
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My head iches just looking at them
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I have those jumpy thingies in my 55g and they jump like crazy during feeding time probably bc the fish disturb them. Anyways I was feeding my fish and immediately after feeding them i peered into the tank and felt something making my head itchy and remembered the jumpy bugs! haha I went crazy and jumped in the shower. I even used a little bit of my dog's flea shampoo. I'll probably get some sort of scalp problem in 20 years now from the shampoo.


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Interesting. I have those as well. All of my stuff came from some plants that I ordered from someone on here. I just don't know who it was, because I ordered from several people when I set up this tank a few months ago. I got planeria, detritus worms, and those other little things your talking about, as well as some kind of little green things that hop around like the white ones. Oh and I have hydra. I got way more than I wanted when I bought some plants. lol I about to kill everything though with dog dewormer.

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