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Now I noticed some string like worms on my tank? What in the h3ll are these? Not only that, some of them are like floating around with the current. Now I really don't feel like sticking my hand to clean anything up! I have MTS, SAE and a Betta. Wisteria, L. Repens, J. Moss, J. Fern, Riccia, Driftwood and sand.

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I had the same problem in my shrimp tank since there were no predators that would eat those darn things. Get some Endlers or some small livebearer and that should eliminate most of the little creatures you are seeing.
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If they're little tiny threadlike white things do a search for "nematodes."

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Yeah, like strings. They're f*$*ing gross. Can I stick my hand in the tank with those things swimming around?
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I get those in noticeable numbers when I overfeed. Bettas love them, but prefer to pick them out of the water. Get him in the habit by hitting the substrate with a magcleaner which launches worms. Then your betta can get used to eating them. Bettas love to hunt...don't feed him until they're under control. He can earn his keep.
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Cool.

But has anyone come in contact with them? Like touch them or have them touch you?

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do they inch across the glass, or glide.

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Inch accross. I want to grenade them.

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They won't hurt you.

I'd wash my hands after putting them in the tank, but I'm sure that's overly cautious.

You've always got a bunch of undocumented critters in a tank. You just normally don't see them.
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Sounds like glassworm.
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its a worm in the oligochaetes family which includes tubifix and earthwomrs. I have them in my 2.5g. They are harmless. I brought one of them to the Bio lab at the college I attend to look at it under a microscope. Dont worry about them. I deef them to my adolecent apisto's.

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Ah Ok. I thought that they would make a whole through my skin and leech off of me or something like that. But I sure as hell still want to stick a grenade in there and make their lives very miserable.

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