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worms in aquarium

hi to every one out there
i setup a new planted aquarium 15 days back
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48*20*24 inches
filter jbl cristiprofi 1500e
lighting 54 x 4 t5
substrate -jbl aquabasis plus -monodo-controsoil
excel dosing for time being , planning to add pressurized setup next week

today i was shocked to see thousands and thousands of tiny worms 1-2 mm sticking to my glass .Without knowing what to do i overdosed excel 2-3 times .within a short span all of them started detaching from the glass . but there were lot of bigger worms 0f size 1-3 cm were swimming in serpentine motion . i have these creatures in my older aquarium but these were 1 or 2 in number . but the quantity of them in newer tank really scares me .but good thing is i haven't added any fishes
so experts kindly clear my doubts
- what are these creature
- how to cure these infestations
- are these harmful to fishes
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Are they all white in color? I used to have blood worms in my tank. They would drop and dig into substrate when I fed my fish and then they just multiplied.. I put a fire eel thingy in my tank and that got rid of most them. I redone the substrate to remove them all and now I don't feed worms anymore lol. My worms were reddish and sometimes white..

However they might be Planaria worms. If that's be case I would redo substrate personally for peace of mind.
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Those are not planeria as they look completely different, it could just be harmless detritus worms


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They definitely aren't planaria. I'd just leave them; chances are they'll make good fish food

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They definitely aren't planaria. I'd just leave them; chances are they'll make good fish food
yep they could be good fish food, break down food and is overall good as they are natural part of the ecosystem


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Hey mate i have these worms in my aqaurium aswell they seem to love living in my filter media! i was very worried when i first found them but after a few days i just decided to leave them and not worry 2 months later my gupiies are bredding mad! tank clean as a brand new sheet of glass and no fish ilness! you should be fine mate they are probely doing your fish good and helping cleaning up the tank
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yep they could be good fish food, break down food and is overall good as they are natural part of the ecosystem
they are harmless and when you add fish they will begin to disappear.. they actually show that your ecosystem is healthy
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