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They are tiny little things. They are wiggling along the brown algae in the back of the tank. Some are floating in the water. I just had a tiger barb die. It had gotten really, really thin. And now there's these worms...

I took one out that was floating in the water and looked at it under a light. It was a red-orange color. I've never seen anything like this before! I've seen tiny, tiny, almost microscopic bugs in the gravel of my planted 10 gallon, but never worms. Please, help me with this one.

They look white in the tank, but the one I took out turned red under the bright light...

I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow.

... And, I've decided it's that hair worm stuff. I just looked at my gravel along the glass and O.O... There's a lot of them...

Now what? I don't have a gravel vacuum, my last one broke! What do I do now???

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Uh oh. I hope your fish don't have Cammalanus worms. Probably the hardest parasite to get rid of from an aquarium. Usually tracked in by wild caught fish. My worms came from a pair of wild caught apistos. Are any of the fishes anuses swollen or enlarged in any way? It might not be cammalanus worms but you def want to be sure.

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... And, I've decided it's that hair worm stuff. I just looked at my gravel along the glass and O.O... There's a lot of them...

Now what? I don't have a gravel vacuum, my last one broke! What do I do now???
If you have deitrus worms than you need to reduce how often you feed the fish. Over feeding seems to be a major cause of them. They're pretty harmless though.

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Fish food....get some bottom feeder fish and they should keep them under control.


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Here's a picture of them. They don't look red in the tank, as I said before.


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Whats the difference between Cammalanus worms and the deitrus worms? Any difference in how they should look in the tank?
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And, I have NEVER seen any worms in coming out of the vent of any of my fish. Even when I was watching the skinny one more than I was the others. And, these things are everywhere. I wish I had gotten a picture of the gravel last night. There were so many they practicly formed a mat!
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I'll go inspect my fish for worms now. Any good bottom feeders for the tank? That preferably won't cost over 5 dollars a fish if they need a school...
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Loaches or Cories will destroy those things

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Okay, then. And, no swollen vents or worms crawling out of the vents. Most seem to be in the gravel. Some on the brown algae in the back. None of the clean, front glass panel. I'll make sure I know how to treat parasitic worms, though.

And, do you think Kuhli Loaches would be big enough for the tank? My only option to buy fish from is PetSmart, so I'm very limited in my choices...
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