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I just started my planted tank a week or so ago and I just looked into the tank tonight and saw a lil red wigglie worm wormin around in there. What is it ???

Should I worry about it?
 

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Thats it !
I am curious though, how do you know that it is a tubifex worm? Does it look like the picture of a tubifex worm exactly?

My reason for being sceptic is that you say it is a new tank, and so unless you added tubifex worms from a store for feeding fish, or the gravel was from another tank where they had been fed it probably is not a tubifex worm "key word probably".

Tubifex worms do not just showup in a new tank without being introduced somehow by the owner...

Then again it could be as stranger things have happened.:D
 

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I'm no expert on them(in fact, I know nothing at all about them), but I do know that I've got all kinds of different creatures as hitchhikers on my plants. This may be the case with yours...maybe they were tangled in some roots or something that you didn't notice. The little guys have a way of being hidden really well when they want to be!
 

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well, the weird thing is tubifex live in really dirty water with lots of bacteria like in sewage. Unless the plants were grown in sewage, it could be a problem.
 

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I am curious though, how do you know that it is a tubifex worm? Does it look like the picture of a tubifex worm exactly?

My reason for being sceptic is that you say it is a new tank, and so unless you added tubifex worms from a store for feeding fish, or the gravel was from another tank where they had been fed it probably is not a tubifex worm "key word probably".

Tubifex worms do not just showup in a new tank without being introduced somehow by the owner...

Then again it could be as stranger things have happened.:D

It looks exactly (to me) like the picture. I have spotted 2 or 3 of them. The tank is 2 weeks old. I have bought shrimp and plants from 3 or 4 different places/people . I have soilmaster for substrate. I got most of my plants from aquariumplants.com and got the lil snails with those.

I will try to take a pic of one but they are so tiny and fast.
 

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Ok.. I just looked in the tank tonight ......

I saw two more types of cridders! :icon_frow


I am cookin up some video to post on youtube.

One of them (shown at the end of the upcoming video) is just like the tubifex but white.

The other looks very shinny kinda chrome color with whiskers at the head.

I need some lil fishies to eat them...

ooh video is almost done. I will wait to post the video before I submit this post here....... Link coming.........

Here......>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxO-uscOrnY
 

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Nice vid.
They're definitely not tubifex... Tubifex are related to earthworms and will burrow into your substrate.. those guys are free swimming.. I don't think they're parasitic. The flat swimming thing is probably a flatworm or somesort. And the worm thing is a nematode. No fish will eat those guys. Just take a fish net and scoop them out.
 

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The one with a big head area looks like a larva form of some critter that flies. The other flat worm is probably that, a flatworm. Definitely not tubifex and not to be eaten so I agree with Mistergreen just remove them and be done with it.
 

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Dang, so it looks like I might get a whole tank of them. They are so small and I think a lot. I saw one or two the other night that were red too.

Im thinking the plants I got were infested!

Too bad no fish will/can eat them.
 

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OK thats better now here you are:

The red worm like one is definitely a flatworm not dangerous towards fish really but unsitely and will propagate rapidly if more are there. Did you ever take a science class in high school where you had to cut a worm in half and then both halves would grow new pieces to become whole again? Thats what it is.

The big head guy is a larva from some type of fly or dragonfly. I say ditch both of em and get some more plants and fish...

Have fun.

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OK thats better now here you are:

The red worm like one is definitely a flatworm not dangerous towards fish really but unsitely and will propagate rapidly if more are there. Did you ever take a science class in high school where you had to cut a worm in half and then both halves would grow new pieces to become whole again? Thats what it is.

The big head guy is a larva from some type of fly or dragonfly. I say ditch both of em and get some more plants and fish...

Have fun.

Doug
I am netting them out as I see them. Hopfully I will get em before they mate or whatever they do...

When you said ditch em both and get more plants did you mean I should get rid of the plants too and start over? or just keep netting them and buy additional plants and fish ?


Thanks for the info. I guess I have a multi-flatworm tank. red and white with a dash of fly.... :confused:

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When you said ditch em both and get more plants did you mean I should get rid of the plants too and start over? or just keep netting them and buy additional plants and fish ?
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Just add some more to what you have. You already have a good start there.
When you first get your new plants put them into a bucket for aquarium use only with properly temped water to cover, and put 1/2tsp salt per gallon of water to soak for a couple hours. This will help prevent the same occurance from coming back as it makes the little buggies squirm around to get away from the salt. then examine the plants leaf by leaf on the bottoms of leaves expecially to make sure you do not have any snail egg clusters also.:smile:

Enjoy!
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Are there any snail eating plant safe fish ?

The snails are starting to serge!
What type of snail? Clown loaches like the small snails and most cichlids will bother if not totally eat them too. I usually just take the time for a snail hunt of my own while doing weekly maintenance. Crushing them against the glass so that any fish that wants them (or shrimp) can have a little E'Scargo.(SP)

Do try to avoid the copper routine as it also kills plants, and it isn't to hot for fish either.

Happy hunting.
Doug
 
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