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Worms!?

I'm pretty adamant on cleaning. I do weekly vacuuming and water changes. I noticed in the last 2 weeks an excess of what I thought was algae dust. It looks like paper towel dust on the inside of the glass. I noticed though they are tiny and I mean TINY white worms! And this morning I noticed one on the substrate. It looked like a piece if fish poop but it started wiggling like mad. Wtf! I only have shrimp, crabs and a diamond tetra fry. I stopped feedings until I know what to do about worms. Where they came from. How yo get rid of them.
Anyone deal with this? What am I doing wrong?!
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Look up "detritus worm" see if the photos/description match what you have. Sounds like it. If so they're harmless (and food for tetra). I get them in all my tanks they go away with time, or when keeping small fish that tend to eat them. Usually its in new tanks/dirty tanks. They'll eat algae, uneaten fish food, and dead plant matter, they don't hurt anything. If you have decor or densely planted tank there are some areas you can't reach with the vacuum that 'food' can buildup.

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Harmless nematodes. If you have plants, then you have nematodes. Actually beneficial scavengers, if unsightly. Just keep the glass clean and you'll be fine. You could try reducing the amount of food you feed your animals, but it won't really help much.
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