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What the freak is this..?

So I recently purchased a 90 gallon from an old friend.. I plan on keeping discus in this baby in the future so for now the tank is fish less.

I woke up this morning and found what seem to be some kind of wigglers type of thing. I have no idea what It could be... I DO have some mosquitos in the house.. I'm thinking these are some type of babies? I don't know I don't know shiet about larva or w/e..

The tank is huge, I have my spraybar on the far right.. causing the left to have almost no flow, the top water is still.. that is why I'm investing some money into a power head down the road...

Also I bought this nice piece of vinewood, I know i know.. try to avoid these for aquariums.. I did my research, been boiling this sucker for days... letting it soak in my aquarium until I move out(2weeks)

do you guys think the vinewood released these things or is it some type of baby bug

Here is a pic. (mind the tannis in the water, I like the color it gives.. almost natural.. )
AND IT DOES WIGGLE


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I am not good at this stuff at all, but have a look at the pictures in this thread.

Do you have any other fish in there?


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There is no fish in there..

I was planning on picking up some cardinals today, you think those are good enough to take these down?

I repositioned my spraybar causing more surface agitation across my tank.. I hope that fixes some of the problems.


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Looks like a detritus worm. They'll go away with water changes and fish eating them.

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Yep, looks like free fish food to me

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Sweet, the only problem is that there is no fish in there.. lol!

maybe tomrrow, thanks!


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I think the question is where did they come from? maybe you didnt boil the wood long enough?? did you clean the filter and gravel good?
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They are nematodes, completely harmless. They can "hitchhike" on anything that is introduced into your tank. They seem to literally appear out of thin air. Finding a tank that does not have them would be impossible. It just comes down to keeping the population in check(you may not see them but they are there) by not overfeeding, maintaining water quality, and having either "predators" that will knock their numbers down or other fauna(shrimp/snails etc..) that will out compete them for food.
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I think the question is where did they come from? maybe you didnt boil the wood long enough?? did you clean the filter and gravel good?
I boiled the wood for about 5 hours in total, soaked it for 2 days..

like i said I did have mosquitos in the house, and the water was very very still.. I hear they like to lay eggs in still water.. but I guess we will find out soon.


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i had those before
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I boiled the wood for about 5 hours in total, .
holy crap. it was most likely sterile. it takes 15 minutes at 250 degrees F to sterilze something.



ps wouldn't worry about the nematodes.

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Haha thanks man....

It's still leeching tannis tho, which I don't mind.. I hear discus like that sort of thing. It's all good..

thx for the info m8.


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