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Worms in Dry Start Tank

I just hit 1 month in my dry start Fluval Flex 9 Gal tank. Running Eco-Complete substrate. Just a few days ago I notices small but long worms in the dew of the tank. This is a brand new tank with brand new everthing. I'm wondering what these worms are and how to get rid of them. After doing some research I think I have narrowed it down to either Detritus or Nematodes but I could be completely wrong. Regardless, I don't want to deal with them. I plan on running dry start for at least another month unless this worm issue goes out of control.

Upon inspecting the substrate I haven't found any worms actually burrowed in the substrate. The only place I see them is on the glass. I've included a link to a video I took of one of them. The first one I saw, I dropped at 1/5 peroxide 4/5 distilled water onto it (I use to spot treat any mold in the tank) and it seemed to kill it. 2 Days later I can now visibly spot 5 on the glass of the tank. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Honestly, I wouldn't worry about them or try to fight them. Every tank ends up with detritus worms eventually, and they're actually beneficial.
From photo and video, no way to tell exactly what we're looking at, be it nematodes or detritus worms. What I can tell you is it's not planaria(a concern) and it's not rhabdocoela(not a concern).

If you're dead set on dealing with them, do it after you flood the tank and dose Fenbendazole.
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