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What are these? Gross

Are these leaches? How do I get rid of them?

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Ewww, looks like a leech to me based on the movement. But never seen anything like that in a tank, so not 100% positive
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Yup.

And no clue, other then physically removing them.
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Definitely a leech, ive had them before.


I personally ended up tearing down the whole tank
I couldnt put my hands in there knowing there were leeches. Too unsettled by it!
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I wonder how they got in the tank. I wouldn't have known they were there except that I pulled my Vals out to do the one-two punch algae treatment.

Is there any way to kill them?

I'm not putting my hands in it either. YUCK
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Yup ... sure look like leeches . Been feeding tubifex or blackworms ? Find leeches in my blackworms sometimes . Don't know anything that eats ' em . Best advice is what's above , pick them out or pull the fish and plants and nuke the tank with bleach .
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Nope, I've never fed anything live.

Will they hurt anything if I don't do anything? I just put this tank together and spent tons of money. I don't want to tear it down and start all over again.
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Nope, I've never fed anything live.

Will they hurt anything if I don't do anything? I just put this tank together and spent tons of money. I don't want to tear it down and start all over again.
they probably won't attach to your fish and should die after not finding a food source. Either way as long as they aren't on your fish its no big deal. Ive had dozens of leaches on me at the same time from trout fishing in streams barefoot, they aren't "yucky" or "ewww" its just nature, remove them on sight and thats that. Aren't we all here cause we love nature so much we are trying to replicate it in a glass box?
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This is true but they gross me out, like ticks. I just looked at the substrate and plants really well and I don't see any. I'm sure they're below the substrate though, because I pulled the Vals and put them in a pitcher while I did the treatment. They were in the bottom of the pitcher when I pulled the Vals out.

Can they live out of water? My Nerites are always crawling around the floor or sitting on top of the tank.
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You can make a leech trap similar to a planria(spell check) trap using raw meat. Leeches can live 1-2 months without a blood meal. I would leave it alone, carefully check the fish everyday if you see a leech on the fish quarantine it immediately. A salt bath will force the leech to loosen its grip then remove it. I wouldn't worry about sticking your hand in the tank leeches aren't some lightning fast parasite that will get you.
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My fish are small Rainbows, White Cloud Minnows and Rummynose. These leeches probably weigh almost as much as the fish.

I don't see any in the tank but I do see several/many pond snail shells.

How do you tell the difference between leeches and snail leeches? Will snail leeches attach to fish?

Ok, not leeches. WHEW, I think?

There is one at the waterline tonight. It's the first time I've seen one on the glass. It is very light cream colored, looks like 3 lines of very small brown dots along its back, it crawls on the glass, not inching, and has a short, black line at the very end of it's body where it's attached to the glass while it is crawling or stretching.

Any ideas?

Hopefully, these are better pics. I tried to blow them up so I hope they aren't blurry.

In the water, it moves like a snail, out of the water it inches.

Would fenbendazole or Panacur work on these?

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