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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Black worms home in substrate!!!

So I bought an oz of California black worms for my tank and now the worms are surviving!!! I thought they all were eaten or died but i got home late to night and unpleasantly found my dwarf gourami had uprooted a bunch of plants and when replanting I noticed nearly the entire tank bottom has little worm heads poking out of the substrate. I'm thinking they will live there because its mineralized coated with a bag of Redsea Ecodirt. Any suggestions on controlling worm population? I think they avoid being eaten by other fish because iv only seen the worms late in the night...

Ps I know they are black worms cause I used them live as fish food a week or two ago.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 08:01 AM
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Stop feeding your fish... They will scanvenge around and eat them.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 04:37 PM
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You can drop in an algae wafer and when the worms congregate, you can siphon them out and then feed them again.

Sorry about the fish uprooting all the plants. I'm sure you will continue to see this behavior as it is natural for the fish.

The live blackworms won't cause any problems living in the substrate. I've had them in my tanks until the fish end up finding most of the them, sometimes for months at a time.

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Leave them there, they will help out your plants and if you ever have to leave unexpectedly the fish will have something to do while your away.

I tried getting a culture in my tank, but I don't think its possible with cory cats
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I'll probably just leave them alone. And as for the gourami eating plants iv noticed when I increase current in my tank he stops trying to nest so ill try that.
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