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Heres an ODD one... worms?

ok... so my GreenWater is clearing up and im sitting next to the tank looking for my shrimp... and all of a sudden a snake/worm/eel about 3/4" long 1/64" thick pure white goes squiggling by... then 2 seconds later... another one 1/2 the size...

After 15 more mins i did not see another one..

What are they?

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Did it move quick?

I found a freaking leech in my 10 gallon tank today...what [email protected] Scary as hell.
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hah! that's a cool video.
My guess is a nematode of some sort. Typically harmless for your livestock, but don't quote me on that.....

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Cool leech video!! You definitely don't want those in your tanks!

Does your white worm swim thru the water or crawl on the glass? A pic would be help out tremendously, but I know that isnn't easy to do sometimes. Have you checked out the bug thread? https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...nize-them.html

There are some worms shown, maybe use that for comparison?
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Crazy stuff! Could it come from a plant or peice of wood?

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Hahha, scared the crap outta me while I was trying to catch it. Suckers are FAST! It's the 4th time I tried. It usually stays in the substrate. Only rarely does it swim in the tank. 4th attempt...and it's taken 6 weeks for me to find him/her/it.
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not all worms are parasitic... If you see worms comming out of the fish then you can worry.


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Looks like Walleye bait if it were larger.
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If it is white, and swims in a "snakey S shape", then I would say nematodes...I had several in my tank...they would gather on the glass just above the water line...I took several pictures, but have yet to post them. Some of mine had a slight red/pink/orange color to them. Guppy fry like to eat them...not so many anymore.

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Yeah, I've seen them in my tank too, unfortunately none of my fish eat them: http://tristan.homelinux.net/fish/movies/wormy.wmv
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I had similar "worms" swimming around my tank once. Cardinal tetras will actually chase them down and eat them. I also treated my tank with something called "Aquarisol" which is a mild Parasite/Ich treatment. I havent seen one in my tank in almost a year now so I dont know if they died off from the treatment or they were just eaten. In any case, they're gone

Aquarisol is not safe for shrimp though.
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ewwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!! creeptastic video!
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ewwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!! creeptastic video!
Imagine having to catch that sucker! lol
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Imagine having to catch that sucker! lol
Easy!! Just stick your hand near it and wait till it latches on! hahaha
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