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What the heck is this worm?!

Ew, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to get this nasty sucker out! But what is it even? Planaria? Leech? It seems to have a pointed head that it moves with and a flat end that it sort of attached too. It's an inch, inch and a half, but it can strech to twice that. How did it get in my tank, and is it likely that there are more?
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leech
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+2 leech.

Put your finger in there and see what happens...


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I have small leeches in my discus tank once and a while from live black worms. They are pretty easy to see and pick out though in a bare bottom tank.
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Yummmmmm, leechy leech leech. Put it on your arm
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Um, maybe I shouldn't have put it in my hand then. But how did it get in there?

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Oh man, I think I figured it out. I recently moved some java fern into this tank, and it must have been in there. I've seen some strange white marks on my honeycombs, as well as reduced behavior and appetite. So maybe it was feeding off them? But how did it get in that tank in the first place? And how do I make sure there are no more?


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Do you feed any live or frozen foods? Those are the most common ways that parasites enter the aquarium. That or fish and plants that aren't properly treated.
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Leeches creep me out. Ammonia bath for them.

How do you know the frozen/live food is free of parasites, Liam? A reputable source?

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Yes, I used frozen bloodworms from hikari, they are processed to be free of parasite and disease. There's no safe live food except ones you grow yourself indoors. My outdoor daphnia and bloodworm/mosquito ponds even have stuff like damsel fly larva. And other weird stuff sometimes. Luckily iI only feed my fish live food and they are pigs and eat everything.
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Interesting. Well.. I'll make sure I'll buy from them.

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