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Found some reddish worms in my dirted tank.. ID?

I was working on my 55 dirted last night, breaking it down to replace the substrate (looked like it might go anaerobic) and I ran across these reddish worms. They.. might be segmented? They have white in them as well..

Anyway, I found about 50 of them when going through the substrate before I threw it out. Maximum found was about 5 inches long, all about the same in girth.

I was thinking tubifex worms maybe, but they don't look like the pictures I find on google. I've never introduced any type of worm into the tank for feeding or anything, they must have stowed away on some plants.

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What are they?
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just normal red dirt worms


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The worms are a normal appearance with soil substrates. Curious how old the tank was?


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The worms are a normal appearance with soil substrates. Curious how old the tank was?
It was my first go at a dirted tank, I set it up last September, but the gravel I used was too dense and it sunk below the dirt. I guess it would have been about 7 months
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So the ones I've collected, should I put them back in the tank? Feed them to my fish? Throw them out? I still haven't determined the species and whether or not they are beneficial to the tank. I use the Walstad method.
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So the ones I've collected, should I put them back in the tank? Feed them to my fish? Throw them out? I still haven't determined the species and whether or not they are beneficial to the tank. I use the Walstad method.
I have them in my tanks for years. Leave them in, they'll help aerate the substrate, just like in a garden. Plus, they'll make a nice snack for your fish, if they're so inclined.
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