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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of worm is this?

I have two of these in my tank. They hide themselves in the leaves and when they want to move then the top half comes out and starts scooting itself around.

These are close ups. They are small enough that if my pair of guppies want to eat them they could.

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looks like an insect larvae not a worm. Tough to tell from the picture.
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Examine it closely. From the blurry photo it appears that you may have a species of caddis (caddis fly or Trichoptera) and not a "worm". The pieces of leaf look like its case (or cocoon, if you will) but it is hard to be sure without a better photo. If it is some form of caddis then half the people on this site will tell you to kill it immediately because it might turn into a (fill in the blank with whatever strongly held personal theory they have) and ravage your tank. The other half will sigh and wonder why we always have to kill every organism in our tanks that was not purchased at great expense (:-). Personally, I'd use google and try and ID it. Since there are at least 10,000 different species this may take you some time but it will be worth it -- depending on where you are located it could be very pretty (your location will be helpful when googling). If it survives and emerges it will most likely be a harmless little fly that will die shortly after it mates.
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I agree it looks like an insect larvae, get it out.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-10-2014, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah sorry for the blurry phone pics. But I looked it up and it does appear to be larvae of some sort. I have quarantined then and if I have enough patience, I'll wait to see what they become. If not then, down the toilet they go.
Thanks for your inputs!
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