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I turned on my tank's light in the middle of the night to check on the fish, and saw thousands of small (2-3mm) white worm like creatures everywhere in the tank (mostly on the glass). Has anyone seen these before? I tried to take pictures, but my digital camera cant get close enough to take a clear picture. How would i go about getting rid of these things? and are they bad?
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pictures didnt attach...
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Hi!

I have seen little white worms on my guppy tanks glass occassionally. I'm the gal with the leech question a few days ago. One of the responses sent me to look at some pictures. I'd bet you are talking about Planeria. Check out: http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/a.../article1.html

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Sounds like it is planeria. I'll try to follow the advice in the article and see if they go away. Thanks!
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I had those too.........I think that came from feeding live foods too. I don't remember ever treating it. Just cleaning the tank, I think they don't adapt to clean water. Then eventually they dissappeared
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i also agree..planeria
not harmful to fish, but usually an indication of over feeding and inadequate tank maintenance. You probably need to vacuum the gravel deeper, and more thoroughly.
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well, the tank is *heavily* planted, and vacuuming is not an easy thing. I have been feeding them frozen brine shrimp, and flakes, i guess a little too much (there are 6 angles and 4 mollies in a 55 gallon). It just freaked me out when i saw hundreds and hundreds of them. ive actually seen the mollies eating them off the glass, which is good. I think i'll let them feed on the worms for the next couple of days. anyone know if maylasian trumpet snails eat the worms? i heard they are notorious for eating fish eggs, thought they might with the worms too (i have another community tank that has about 80 trumpet snails in it)
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Can't hurt to try...........
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No, they won't eat the worms.
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I have the same white worms you mentioned. I also have hundreds, probably thousands of limpits, sort of like a snail/clam cross. I have been doing a lot of research on finding a good fish that will eat them. They both only come out in the dark. They don't seem to do any damage to the plants, I've read that the limpits actually eat algae. I do see little trails accross algae on the glass but the huge number of them worries me. I wonder what happens when all the algae is gone. I'm thinking of maybe getting some type of loach. I was looking for a type that stays fairly small and is unagressive. I don't think I'd want to completely wipe them out, I sorta like the idea of having small critters like this to sorta add to the whole ecosystem going on.
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What about a zebra pleco? They like eating worms/meat.
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well last night i got up in the middle of the night and turned on the light to see if they had returned, and i only saw a few dozen. I havent fed the fish in about a day and a half. Ive seen the mollies eat them -- i originally put them in there to cycle the tank months ago, and ive kept them in there to "fertilize" the plants. I figure I wont feed the fish until monday after work, and keep checking on the worm count, to see if it does go down (it seems to be), but i can tell you mollies seem to love them.
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i have those white worms tooo...

i also have all these little white critterss...they don't seem to harm anything.

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i read here that SAE's like planaria.

http://www.bettastarz.com/sae.htm

Anybody know of locations around the Virginia/DC/Maryland area that sells true SAEs? Is there a place i can mail order them that has a good reputation?
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I can't imagine you wouldn't be able to find something locally in the area you're in. I'd be willing to bet there's clubs or a society even that can help. Here's hoping someone on the board is from Northern VA that can hook you up. Shipping costs buying fish online make me cringe.

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