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Ordered hair grass online and there are some worms in the bag, should I still use it?

Ordered hair grass online and instantly I could notice multiple different types of worms in the bag. I know fish can eat them but I'm just worried about diseases. How would I get rid of the worms? Maybe I can hose it down?

I read about bleach dips but many people have a history of bleach dipping killing their plants. Is it even possible to get rid of the worms or should I not even bother and just return it? Thanks in advance.
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I would rinse them, give them a dip, rinse again, try and QT them in a plastic container for a few days, checking for hitchhikers a few times daily?

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Are these worms about 1/2" and red by chance?
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There are multiple kinds. There's brown and one thats kind of like a yellow red.

https://i.imgur.com/MOFknuL.jpg

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I decided not to risk it. I issued a refund, the seller gave me my money back with no request to send back the item. So I'll probably put it in my lake, let it grow there, and order some tissue cultured grass for my tank. It's way more expensive but it will have to do...
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There are multiple kinds. There's brown and one thats kind of like a yellow red.

https://i.imgur.com/MOFknuL.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/3YxmObs.jpg


I decided not to risk it. I issued a refund, the seller gave me my money back with no request to send back the item. So I'll probably put it in my lake, let it grow there, and order some tissue cultured grass for my tank. It's way more expensive but it will have to do...
Don't put it in your lake.... Unless it's a native species
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they look like baby earthworms to me but I won't guarantee that.

Hairgrass is native to N. America. Eleocharis acicularis grows all over the place in wet ground. The other 2 are less common but still aren't particularly rare.

https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/...is/acicularis/
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Even though it's native in N America, I'd still be very careful about introducing a species that isn't local. Additionally you're risking introducing non native inverts.

I'm pretty new at all this, but I wouldn't think twice about giving it a diluted bleach dip and putting it in the tank.


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Yeah, regardless of whether it goes in a tank or a lake, the parasites need to be dealt with. You definitely don't want to introduce a potentially non native parasite.

You could do a 19:1 Water:Bleach dip. Manually remove as many of the parasites as possible. Then, as suggested, put in a quarantine container for a bit just to make sure everything is dead.
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I'd go with a dewormer it's less likely to burn the plant's roots and it will effective kill off the worms.
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I'd go with a dewormer it's less likely to burn the plant's roots and it will effective kill off the worms.
Good point. Fenbendazole is what you're looking for.
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