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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-10-2015, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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HELP - Worms/parasites in my tank?

I found this thing growing on a peice of driftwood in my tank, and I also saw a very thin, white worm creeping across it as well. What in the world is this? How do I get rid of them?


Sorry for the bad quality photo... I can't seem to work around the distortion that the glass/water gives off.

These guys are very small.. probably as thin as a strand of hair.



Bump: Alright so I just did a quick search, and I'm not sure if these are planaria.. but most articles seem to recommend a gravel vac. How do you do this in a tank where most of the ground is covered with plants? Not sure this is possible without messing with the roots.
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hydra, im having it as well >.<
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The picture is of a hydra. They can be pests if you have fry or shrimp. If not, you're fine. The worm is a nematode or 'detritus worm' and it's harmless. You may see them after turning the filter on if you turn it off during water changes. Your fish may eat them.


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If you want to eradicate them, you'll need one of these.



Or you can use "heat treatment" too. Bring the temp to 105F for about 2 hours, but not sure if the plants/moss will be able to handle those temperatures before they melt.
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I have a black molly that will not let anything like this survive in my tank.


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Growing is not that difficult.
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Hydra are sign of good water quality btw if that makse you feel better. I have a couple of thanks that have them. some are white, some are greeniish.


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A word of caution about using parasite meds in a tank, it will kill your snails too. Snails and other invertebrates like shrimp will be killed as well as the pest. Detritus worms are beneficial to your tank. They help clean up waste and fish will eat them if they get a chance. My fish eat any hydra that show up in my tanks. I have scraped them off with a razor blade while running an electric tank vacuum. It helped control them until the fish discovered they could eat them,
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