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Are these harmful?

They look like white leeches. They are crawling on the substrate, in the filters and sometimes on the glass. They can move very quickly, gliding, not inching, across the Black Diamond cap. Most are about 1/4" long.

Are they leeches? Are they beneficial or harmful? If harmful, how can I get rid of them?

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Can you tell if they have a slightly triangular shaped head? If so, they are probably planaria.

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Yes, they have a triangle head.

I have shrimp in the tank that are multiplying well. Should I be concerned about having these in the tank?

How can I kill them? They gross me out! I don't like putting my hands in the tank anymore because I'm afraid they'll get on me.

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They are def NOT planaria
Planaria are little worms those things look nothing like planaria they look like some sort of grub I'd get some long twezzers and remove them
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It is def some type of larvea what kind I don't know maybe someone will chime in it's going to turn into something that's for sure
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Thats a good fish food!!! If they can catch it. What species do you kept in that tank?
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They are def NOT planaria
Planaria are little worms those things look nothing like planaria they look like some sort of grub I'd get some long twezzers and remove them
A grub?? I've never seen any kind of grub that is that long and skinny.. wireworms are the closest I know, and they're still fatter than those are. They're also not usually flexible enough to be in the S curve of the last photo...

I'm curious, what kind of beetle has a grub that skinny/flexible?

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looks like planaria.they are almost harmless in low numbers. probably you are over feeding.
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I'm cutting back on the food.

From the pics I Googled, these are Planaria. The head is absolutely triangular and there are 2 eyes.

My shrimp don't seem to be affected. Do they kill Nerites?

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Experiment: Cut one in half and see if you get two.
If you do it's a Planaria!
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Planaria are much smaller then those things I really think there some sort of larvea put one in a jar and see what it turns out to be it's going to hatch into something
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Maybe my eyes are going I am looking at the 2 bigger whiteish things that kinda look like maybe a shell? My apologies if I am looking at the wrong thing in the pic
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Those look to be MTS shells.

I'm looking at the skinny white thing up against the glass in the first 2 shots (notice it moves, that's no plant root).

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Lol lol yup I was looking at wrong thing in the pic Boy it stinks getting old I see it now yeah that's a planaria worm there harmless cut back on your feeding some it will help
Sorry for the confusion guess it's time I start wearing my glasses lol
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