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Little red wiggly worm ???

I just started my planted tank a week or so ago and I just looked into the tank tonight and saw a lil red wigglie worm wormin around in there. What is it ???

Should I worry about it?
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hmmm. pictures world be cool. If it's not attached to a fish then you're fine.
I wonder what it could be.


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This thread's helped me lots...check it out and see if what you have resembles any of these...I think maybe you have the tubifex worm.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...nize-them.html
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This thread's helped me lots...check it out and see if what you have resembles any of these...I think maybe you have the tubifex worm.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...nize-them.html
Thats it !

I need to get some lil fish in there to eat em. All I have now is about 12 Cherry Shrimp, and 3 ottos
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Thats it !
I am curious though, how do you know that it is a tubifex worm? Does it look like the picture of a tubifex worm exactly?

My reason for being sceptic is that you say it is a new tank, and so unless you added tubifex worms from a store for feeding fish, or the gravel was from another tank where they had been fed it probably is not a tubifex worm "key word probably".

Tubifex worms do not just showup in a new tank without being introduced somehow by the owner...

Then again it could be as stranger things have happened.
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I'm thinking tubifex or a midge fly larvae (blood worms)


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I'm no expert on them(in fact, I know nothing at all about them), but I do know that I've got all kinds of different creatures as hitchhikers on my plants. This may be the case with yours...maybe they were tangled in some roots or something that you didn't notice. The little guys have a way of being hidden really well when they want to be!
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well, the weird thing is tubifex live in really dirty water with lots of bacteria like in sewage. Unless the plants were grown in sewage, it could be a problem.


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I am curious though, how do you know that it is a tubifex worm? Does it look like the picture of a tubifex worm exactly?

My reason for being sceptic is that you say it is a new tank, and so unless you added tubifex worms from a store for feeding fish, or the gravel was from another tank where they had been fed it probably is not a tubifex worm "key word probably".

Tubifex worms do not just showup in a new tank without being introduced somehow by the owner...

Then again it could be as stranger things have happened.

It looks exactly (to me) like the picture. I have spotted 2 or 3 of them. The tank is 2 weeks old. I have bought shrimp and plants from 3 or 4 different places/people . I have soilmaster for substrate. I got most of my plants from aquariumplants.com and got the lil snails with those.

I will try to take a pic of one but they are so tiny and fast.
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Ok.. I just looked in the tank tonight ......

I saw two more types of cridders!


I am cookin up some video to post on youtube.

One of them (shown at the end of the upcoming video) is just like the tubifex but white.

The other looks very shinny kinda chrome color with whiskers at the head.

I need some lil fishies to eat them...

ooh video is almost done. I will wait to post the video before I submit this post here....... Link coming.........

Here......>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxO-uscOrnY
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Nice vid.
They're definitely not tubifex... Tubifex are related to earthworms and will burrow into your substrate.. those guys are free swimming.. I don't think they're parasitic. The flat swimming thing is probably a flatworm or somesort. And the worm thing is a nematode. No fish will eat those guys. Just take a fish net and scoop them out.


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The one with a big head area looks like a larva form of some critter that flies. The other flat worm is probably that, a flatworm. Definitely not tubifex and not to be eaten so I agree with Mistergreen just remove them and be done with it.
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Dang, so it looks like I might get a whole tank of them. They are so small and I think a lot. I saw one or two the other night that were red too.

Im thinking the plants I got were infested!

Too bad no fish will/can eat them.
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Just vacuum your tank often and maybe a little aquarium salt.


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Here is another video with much better footage of the "one with the big head" and Some REALLY good footage of the red worm. You can even see its mouth open and close.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PTJvPO-FhQ
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