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Question worm question and a few other strange things.

So a few strange things have been happing in my tank the last couple weeks. I had a problem with pest snails but I have almost got that under control. Yesterday I found one of my female amano shrimp dead on the floor ( !across the room from the tank! ). That is actually the very first loss in my tank ... ever. I see my shrimp swim to the top of the tank now and then .. but do you think they want to escape?

Then today after I got home from work I found two trumpet snail shells on the floor 2ft from the tank. I have never seen one trumpet in my tank. I thought it strange to find one shell, but even more so when I saw the second. So I took a few mins and looked over my tank. Nope, there were no snails.

But that leads us to the reason for this post. Worms. I need some help guys if you can. I found theses things that looked like worms in my canister filter. I tossed some down the drain and saved one in a jar. The water is extremely toxic because I keep putting pest snails in there with it and they keep dying and their shells rotting. But I am not sure what the worm really is or where he came from. The scary part is there are more in the tank I cannot get. They swim like a snake and hide under the gravel. When I was looking for trumpet snails I saw something move by my plant roots. So I watched and as a piece of food floated by, a gray point came up out of the gravel, attacked the flake food and then disappeared. Then it would come up under one plant and go down by another. There could have been more then one. The worm I captured must be the same kind. He is gray (ish) and moves like an inch worm, taking one end of his body and stretching out really thin and far and latching on to the glass, then pulling his back end of his body to him. But instead of bending his body he seemed to shrink and get fatter in diameter. The fish know he is there and my danios spend all day looking for him in the grass. I am concerned he might be a parasite and try to hurt my fish. Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions to get rid of him (them).
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Been doing some research. I believe they are nematodes. But a name is all I got. Are they dangerous to my fish? Will my fish eat them? What should I do to get rid of them?
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Regarding the worm, it will probably become fishfood sooner or later. Nematodes are tiny, if they go after flake food they might be some sort of leech, that's how it sounds when you described how they move around.

Not sure what you mean by "pest snails" and "extremely toxic water". Confused...

The MTS like to hide in the substrate. Look at your tank around midnight, with a flashlight. You might be in for a surprise...


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"Pest snails" I am talking about the small little snails that reproduce quickly and overpopulate a tank. I mainly get them on plants from my lfs. I am not sure what this thing is my tank is and they are also in the bottom of my canister filter. So I took one out of the filter and put him in a jar. I have also been putting the small snails I pick out by hand in the jar. (About 30 snails now) and they die. But for some reason the worm .. or leech .. continues to live. That's why I say the water has to be toxic. It's been a month with 30 dead rooting snails in there. He is tuff!

I am not sure what MTS is. I am doing my best to get you a picture. I will stay up tonight and scope out the tank.
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MTS - Malaysian Trumpet Snails

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awesome.. I am glade you are still on .. I have the pictures. Only I have not gotten a clear view of what is in the tank .. this is only the specimen I have in a jar. He looks brown and the one in the tank is defiantly gray.

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Yeah, definitely a leech.

Don't miss this essential discussion of leeches and their suitability as pets:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3260

I guess keeping it a month in a jar qualifies


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Do you ever buy/feed blackworms? I have on a few occasions seen some of these in with them. My dp tank is where they go...they gobble em up...like snails without the can opener.


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No, I only feed Nutrafin Max pellets and from Brine Shrimp Direct, I feed Zooplankton Plus flakes and sometimes Garlic Plus flakes. At one time I was trying to feed my danios Decapsulated Brine Shrimp Eggs, but they did not like them. So that just sits on the shelf collecting dust.
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Did we ever decide whether they are dangerous? I am still puzzled where they could have come from. I am going to keep a good watch on the tank and see if I get anymore. The last thing I want is more leeches then fish.
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Gross! Those leeches/planarians freak me out.

Comes from years of having to yank them off my body after canoeing
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