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My tank has little white worm-like creatures.

Yesterday I cleaned out my 1g tank to turn it into a moss/riccia/algae ball growout tank. Today I wake up to find little white worm-like creatures swimming all over the tank and on the glass. Check my other two tanks and there are none to be found. This was all in a 24 hour period.

What are these things? You can see them in the photos below (sorry for the quality, had to take them fast because the camera was running low on batteries). Planeria is my uneducated guess. Salt + water changes should help the problem correct?

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Oh yeah. There are no fish/shrimp in the tank at this point in time. All have been moved.
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Those are much longer and skinnier than the planaria I have in my tank, maybe they are a different species?

I wouldn't sweat it too bad though - most critters like that are just extra fish food and won't hurt anything.


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I wouldn't sweat it too bad though - most critters like that are just extra fish food and won't hurt anything.
Sounds good. Are there any fish I can put in a 1g that wouldn't be insanely stressed? Doubtful but who knows. I know a Betta could work. I had 2 Neons in there until my other tank was cycled, that's why I moved them.
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Bettas are great worm hunters, as are danios. Would the neons be too cramped? They might like wormin'.

Those don't look like the worms I've had either, but I agree: don't worry about 'em. The worms are probably angry you disturbed their substrate and will go back into it once they've vented their rage a little.
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You might also try white cloud tetras - sometimes called white could mountain minnows. They'd do just fine in a 1 gal for awhile, and I bet they'd love the worms.

The long-finned variety of these are my FAVORITE fish of all times - they are hardy, tolerant of a huge range of temperatures and water parameters, easy to breed, and simply gorgeous.


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You might also try white cloud tetras - sometimes called white could mountain minnows. They'd do just fine in a 1 gal for awhile, and I bet they'd love the worms.

The long-finned variety of these are my FAVORITE fish of all times - they are hardy, tolerant of a huge range of temperatures and water parameters, easy to breed, and simply gorgeous.
I have some of those in my 10g already. Lovely little fish. Maybe I'll go pick two or so up tomorrow. When they clean the 1g, I'll just put them in the 10g with the rest. You are right about their tolerance. I, being new, cycled with four of them. All four made it out alive and healthy.

Never seen the long-finned variety though. If I ever find any I'll buy a bunch.
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I've been trying to buy 50 of the long finned ones now for about 5 months, but none of the stores can get them in. I'm going to keep trying though.


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On a related tangent to White Cloud Mountain Minnows... I wonder if the "new White Clouds", aka Dwarf Viet Cardinal Minnows (Tanicthys micagemmae) also eat those suckers?
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Oooh - I've seen those! I bet they would. Those are pretty sweet little fish too.


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I'll keep an eye out for those too.

I'm heading one town south to pick up some plants off someone. There's a fish store very nearby I've never visited and heard good things about it. Maybe they'll have these "new" White Clouds.
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ditto on the long fin white clouds, beautiful fish, but for some reason, mine were extremely aggressive towards other species, got so bad i banned them to my outdoor water gardens where they cant really boss around large sword tales, they are doing great though and are huge....
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they are a tubifix worm, segmented like an earthworm. Its called an Oligochaete. They are found in ponds and are of no harm. I have em as well

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Maybe I'll just use the tank to grow the suckers. Scoop a cup full out and feed them to my other fish, if that's a good idea.

Have to read more on them now that they have been ID'd.
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you could try badis... they look like mini-hunters
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you could try badis... they look like mini-hunters
If only they were available in stores. Just can't find them in my area between about 10 different stores. Only way is to order them which I can't afford right now.

I will by the end of the year though
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