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What is this!?!?

I noticed this tonight in my tank and have never seen before. Please help identify, if it is harmful, and how to get rid of it and if I should get rid of it. I attached picture.
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Big ol’ flatworm, harmless, usually a sign of over feeding.
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Big ol’ flatworm, harmless, usually a sign of over feeding.
I'm confused because I only put in Bacter AE once a week and 1 NLS algaemax wafer 2x a week. I only put 1 wafer at a time and on the rare occasion like 1-2 times a month I put in a green bean. I have over 50 shrimp in the tank.

Someone else said they saw hydra in the photo. I ordered fenbendazole as on a closer inspection it looks like hydra....yikes!
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Yes there are some hydra in photo. Figured you already knew that.

The flatworms will feed on leftover food and detritus.
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I would recommend No Planaria or Planaria Zero to get rid of Hydra. Just be aware that these products can be harmful to fancy snails.

Fenbendazole can make a tank inhabitable for fancy snails for 6-8 months at least.
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Zoidburg, do you mean uninhabitable?

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Zoidburg, do you mean uninhabitable?
Yes. Auto-correct apparently missed that as did I! Thanks!
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Yes there are some hydra in photo. Figured you already knew that.

The flatworms will feed on leftover food and detritus.
Would a flat worm attach itself to me shrimp?? Inhad a shrimp with 2 on it and manage to get them off without hurting the shrimp. It sure wasn't easy though.
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Hi

First thing I thought of when I saw the photo was " snail leech"

https://aquariumscience.org/index.ph...snail-leeches/
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First thing I thought of when I saw the photo was " snail leech"

https://aquariumscience.org/index.ph...snail-leeches/
You might be right by pics on that page. Even patterning on foot looks right. Never heard of them before. Ewwwwww leeches.
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Would a flat worm attach itself to me shrimp?? Inhad a shrimp with 2 on it and manage to get them off without hurting the shrimp. It sure wasn't easy though.
Scutariella, vorticlla and planaria will.... the first two generally attached to the head region where-as planaria are more likely to attack from side or bottom if they come across a shrimp.
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First thing I thought of when I saw the photo was " snail leech"

https://aquariumscience.org/index.ph...snail-leeches/
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First thing I thought of when I saw the photo was " snail leech"

https://aquariumscience.org/index.ph...snail-leeches/
You might be right by pics on that page. Even patterning on foot looks right. Never heard of them before. Ewwwwww leeches.
So I may have to take down the tank and disinfect everything?? The hydra are dying off with even one dose of fenbendazole so I'm sure they will die in a few days. These leeches are really annoying, but if I use copper, I'll kill my shrimp and I don't want to do that.
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May I know how leeches get into the tank? I had hydra before but not leeches.


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Hi

They can come in as hitchhikers on plants and livestock
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