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Common Parasite problem.

Hi there,

I am setting my old 20g long tank again to become a Crystal Red Shrimp Breeding tank. Right now it has a filter, lights, and aquasoil Powder form. Like usual stagnant water kept outside will eventually become a haven for bugs to lay eggs and such. So I went to check inside my tank today and I see these wormy looking parasites that wiggle around in the water.

It is not the first time I've seen these guys but I was wondering if anyone has any remedies for this problem?

Note: I have not done many water changes for this tank as it has no inhabitants yet but I want it to be squeaky clean for when I do get some shrimp in there.

Any ideas? Or should I just try to keep the water changes going and going?

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i bet you $1 they are mosquitos.

just curious, stupid question, is your tank outside or are you collecting rain water or something?
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Could be aquatic flatworms, planaria, hydra, tubiflex worms... need more of a description.

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i bet you $1 they are mosquitos.
Because of the "wiggle", I agree and I like the odds.

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They are detrius worms. They are a about 1/4" at most. Hair thin, and white/clear. They are free-floating and sometimes they are seen on the glass.

They are common in tanks with excess organic matter, and tend to live in pre-filter sponge material or in your filter. They thrive in low current enviorments.

If this sounds familiar, then you shrimp/fish are safe. fish eat em, and they are NOT parasitic. Concentrate on cleaning your filter frequently and water changes.

I have some in my CRS/RCS/Amano tank. They also seem to show up when snails are present.
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