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What worm would swim above the water line? fish deaths

i had a mass fish death a couple months ago, most of them just got bloated and died(all of my older fish), looked kinda like dropsy, today i found my goby with its intestines sticking out of the side of his belly(could be worms but its not moving) and also its bloated like the other fishes that died a couple months ago..

i think its the worms thats climbing on top of the glass, i always see these squiggly lines above the water line but NO SIGNS of any worms on the glass, i dosed seachem metronidazole and prazi pro a month ago and i still get these squiggly lines on the glass...

im starting to think i have worms now too.. there was this one time i saw what i beleived to be a round worm in the tank, because it was round and curled up into a ball, i took it out but that was the only worm i ever seen in my tank...

here are some pics, this is really bothering me... i dont like worms, especially since after reading about round worms, almost makes me want to quit the fish hobby..

i just added a picture of the fish, looks like intestines too me, maybe it hit something and got punctured? well the intestines or worms is only sticking out like 3mm.
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I might guess the trails are made by snails more likely than worms.
Have you done any testing of the water? Without knowing about the water conditions, you can only guess at the real cause of fish death. Water conditions are the thing that most often leads to disease. Rather than fight disease, I work on keeping my water in good shape. It works and it is much easier than trying to determine what is wrong when we wait too long.
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i had a mass fish death a couple months ago, most of them just got bloated and died(all of my older fish), looked kinda like dropsy, today i found my goby with its intestines sticking out of the side of his belly(could be worms but its not moving) and also its bloated like the other fishes that died a couple months ago..

i think its the worms thats climbing on top of the glass, i always see these squiggly lines above the water line but NO SIGNS of any worms on the glass, i dosed seachem metronidazole and prazi pro a month ago and i still get these squiggly lines on the glass...

im starting to think i have worms now too.. there was this one time i saw what i beleived to be a round worm in the tank, because it was round and curled up into a ball, i took it out but that was the only worm i ever seen in my tank...

here are some pics, this is really bothering me... i dont like worms, especially since after reading about round worms, almost makes me want to quit the fish hobby..

i just added a picture of the fish, looks like intestines too me, maybe it hit something and got punctured? well the intestines or worms is only sticking out like 3mm.
Hi Algae,

I have the same thing in one of my tanks. They are likely one of the numerous detritus worm species and they will go above the water line like your pictures show. I have not found them to be a health issue for my fish, in fact I have raised Apisto fry and Rainbowfish fry with them in the tank with no ill effects.

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I had a colony of worms once on one of my glass canopies that would do that. The fish would love it when I'd rinse some off the glass down into the aquarium for them to eat. I agree that it's unlikely that those are your problem.

I agree some water parameters would be helpful here.

Also- are you seeing this bloating before the fish die, or only afterwards?

It's really common for animals to bloat after death, and the pressure can push intestines out of the body.





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so i found out it was not a worm, i tore the tank down and put it outside for an emersed growth.. and i finally spotted the little thing, it is a tiny white ball thing, what could it be? does daphnia do this?? im hoping its daphnia so i can make a daphnia farm outsite

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