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myhamster
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PostPosted: 2007.01.27(Sat)22:35    Post subject: little white worms in my tank Reply with quote

Hi,

I have little white worms in my tank - short thread-width things. I think they're Planaria, and they're suppose to be harmless.

Would my fish eat these worms? I have 6 white clouds, 1 blue gourami, 3 sunset gourami, 1 female betta. Also have 2 amano and 8 red cherry shrimps. All in 55 gallon tank.

I've spotted 2 worms so far. Except for the amazon sword which I got several weeks ago, all the other plants I have (anacharis, red lugwigla, money whort) have been disinfected in either alum bath or KMnO4 bath.

Any suggestions for getting these worms out?

Thanks!
Eric
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ceci9293
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PostPosted: 2007.01.27(Sat)23:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think small fish might eat planaria, but more of a concern here is that planaria only pop up when there is enough uneaten food in the gravel to support them. And uneaten food in the gravel = poor water quality. If you vacuum your gravel and do some water changes, you'll not only suck up the worms but fix the problem that's generating them.
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Aquageek
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PostPosted: 2007.01.28(Sun)7:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have little white worms in the first tank I ever got. They didn't seem to harm the fish and I read an article somewhere that suggested they might be nematodes.
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myhamster
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PostPosted: 2007.01.28(Sun)11:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Smile
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fzthomas
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PostPosted: 2007.01.30(Tue)3:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

if it is planaria and you are getting a problem with it, you should adjust your cleaning scheme, do better gravel clean and maybe get an SAE. They love to eat planaria.
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