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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anybody Know What These Are?

I recently noticed these little guys in my substrate and on the glass near the bottom and was wondering if anyone knows what they are. I would also like to know if they are harmful. I think that they are killing my snails because I used to have a lot of large pond snails now all of the large ones are gone and only small ones are left.

Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 10:54 PM
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Geez, I can't even see them well enough to form a guess.
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yeah i have been trying to get a decent picture of them all day but they are so small that it is pretty hard with my camera. Although they actually don't look much different in person.
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I would get a really strong glove and grab a dep handful of rocks and spread them out on something so you could isolate and photograph it. Beware that they may retract when touched so you might need to try a few times.

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Sort of difficult to judge the size but could they be planaria?
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I think you got a case of hydra on your hands. I had just one of these little guys kill a cluch of baby bettas once. That happened in a bare bottom tank and I didn't notice it until most of the babys had been eaten by the little beast.

Read all about the little beast here. http://www.planet-pets.com/plnthydr.htm It never hurt the adult betta though. So, if you don't mind loosing fry, keep them around for snail control.

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I will try and get some better photos. i am going to clean the tank tomarrow so I will try and isolote them and get better pics. If they are hydra does anyone know how to get rid of them?
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No, those look like planaria. They move along the glass, right? And they sort of have an arrow-shaped "head"? Flatworms or platyhelminthes. Google it up and see if the images you get don't look like what you tried to photograph. If that isn't what it is, well, my eyes are *really* bad .

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