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Unusual aquarium critters....

Does anyone have a link (or links) that has pictures to help identify possible pests that are found in aquariums along with suggested methods to get rid of them?


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It wasn't too long ago that I found things that looked like miniature "potato bugs" , now the night before last I saw these tiny worm-like creatures eating or attempting to eat the food I put out for my shrimp.

The best description that I can give is the the "worm" is about the thickness of a piece of thread,or maybe just a hair thicker, black or dark brown in color, and they move like a "slinky" toy from years ago!

I do regular water changes ,check water parameters 3x weekly and try to not overfeed the shrimp. The food I usually use is Hikari Shrimp Cuisine and the amount I use is a small pinch or roughly 1/2 the size of my fingernail on my little finger. This is for about 50-60 + shrimp of various sizes about every three days.



How do these "worms" get into a tank anyway? My tank is inside 100% of the time and its kept covered unless I'm doing maintainance.

More importantly, should I get rid of them and if I should have to do that, what can be used that DOES NOT kill shrimp or plants?

If chemicals should not be used can they be trapped?




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If my camera was able to capture the worm or leach in a photo I would! I already thought about that two days ago. Something that small does not show up well. You can see them with the naked eye but I noticed them while using a small magnifying glass. If they stop moving you can miss them.


The "Youtube" link is very close to the way it moves, however, the worms or leeches I have are darker, thinner, and shorter. I have seen three of them, two of which are 1/2" long and the third is slightly longer.

If you touch it it gets alot shorter very quickly.
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