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Question Help identifying worm

Cycling a new 55g aquarium and added a few plants from a trusted source over the weekend, only to discover some type of worm in the tank. Some are a 1/4 inch and others at least an inch. Initially assumed leech, but would like to get additional feedback before buying treatment products.

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That little fat one looks like a planaria. The longer one may be that too, but IDK. Either way, get them out of there.....(shudder)


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couldn't get a clear enough look at the smaller one to see if it had that distinctive planarian head shape, but it seems to be moving similar to a planaria.

No idea on the one near the rock - is that one worm, wrapped entirely around the rock like that? or is that multiple worms, or just lighting?

anyways, I've got no clue on that one, but it's sorta interesting...

I'm pretty sure the smaller one isn't a leech, based on movement. The longer one doesn't really look like the leeches I've seen, but there's a good bit of variance, so...
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Help identifying worm

Appreciate the feedback thus far. There's multiple worms wrapped around the rock. I'll try for a better photo when tank lights are on again.

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Okay, well, I don't know if that's good or bad, knowing that it's not just one really long worm, but a bunch of them cuddling. :/

Look at how it moves, if it does any extension/contraction, it's probably an annelid or more complex worm. Nematodes can't extend/contract, they just whip back and forth like a snake.

I know that's not much help.
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Help identifying worm

I removed a number of these with a pipette and the longer ones have snake like movements, whipping about. The smaller ones do exhibit more contraction and expansion of the bodies as they move. I didn't notice that in the tank. I'll post again when I figure out how to eradicate them. I've received advice to try malachite green from a few parties and salt from another.
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