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Here the short story, I have a 75 gal high tech planted. It houses a very large school micro fish. Not important everything is good water quality temp fish healthy. I needed some moss plant for a spawning area. So I order some from a pretty will known online supplier (will not mention name) because the only plant supplier I use was out and was going to be awhile before more was ready. So I went with unnamed supplier. Nothing went right with the transaction, but that was my fault because I tried to do business with them 10 years ago, and that was a mess as will should have known better. So I get the moss hair net to the a stones I want to attach to. fast forward 3 weeks later everything is fine, than over night a wake up to all me repon plants are eaten, not dead all leaves are striped and gone. nothing new was added to the tank except this moss in over a year. So I set traps to see what it could be, nothing, until I was feeding my shrimp in the tank and this is what I found, what are they and how do I get rid of them. This is complete new for me.
 

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My best guess is it's a leech. So be careful not to let it touch you or your fish.

I don't think they really eat plants though.

Leeches can crawl on land, similar to how inchworms move. I guess you could dump it out of water and see if it moves in that manner to see if it is a leech.

EDIT: I just looked up leeches and there are some leech species that do eat plants.

Here is a little article I found on leeches (note the click to expand button on the first post)
https://forums.spacebattles.com/thr...-ligers-can-teach-you-about-evolution.262438/

Some other link
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/fwsubwebindex/leechesfwf.htm

Some vids that might help convince you it's a leech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjCogosG2Vk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYKjOw9yd2Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMdawl05lMs
 

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Ok I think you are correct as will. I had sent a video to the guy I order the moss from and he said they where most likely a harmless red worm that the fish eat. I think it time to empty the tank of live stock and bleach the the complete system, burn the gravel and start fresh...
 
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