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post #1 of 5 Old 07-15-2014, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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FREAKING OUT. Worms in new anacharis purchase??

I just bought anacharis from my LFS, brought it home and submerged it in a separate container of water (NOT in my aquarium) so I could pick out snails. Well... there were the usual pond snails. But then I noticed greyish specks swimming around. Tiny, little, fat worms and one BIG worm that moves by stretching out really thinly then bunching up again.

I'm freaking out, are these parasites or something that will harm my aquarium? I have voracious eaters in my tanks so if they're harmless, can I just let the worms into the aquarium to get eaten? Will a bleach solution work to kill them, otherwise?

Please respond, I've got a large tank to scape and I need to know if I can use these plants or not!

5.5 - Xerxes. Divided 20L - Henrietta & many snails.

Swimming in the warm waters of betta heaven: Milo, Dragon, Jasper, Shiloh.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-15-2014, 09:55 PM
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Have you considered calling the store & asking them?
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-16-2014, 09:16 AM
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They sound like hair worms which are harmless planaria.
Do they look like this?
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-16-2014, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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They sound like hair worms which are harmless planaria.
Do they look like this?
Ya, they look like that. I did a 19/1 water/bleach dip and planted the anacharis. I was so worried they were parasites or something!

5.5 - Xerxes. Divided 20L - Henrietta & many snails.

Swimming in the warm waters of betta heaven: Milo, Dragon, Jasper, Shiloh.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-18-2014, 01:19 AM
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i haven't heard enough about planaria, what i have heard ranges from "they are carnivores" to "different planaria have different diets", ... i couldn't find anything that would be more clear, such as the important "this species has this dietary preference"

the small 'worms' are likely microworms, ... food for small fry

the "one big worm", ... i got nothing on this, if it's still alive, ... does it survive completely submerged underwater (ie. does it drown or not)? ... hmmm, other thoughts

while this isn't a great way to tell it's a way to guess
color of the big worm ?
have a look online (i like google images for searches), ...
search for tubifex (is this it?)
search for blackworms (is this it?)

color could help, but not definitive
shape of the body would be a big help.

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if it's tubifex, hmmm, i dono if these are self-replicating or not, ... if it's tubifex try to feed it and keep it alive (do not put this in your tank - at least not anytime soon) ... if it's tubifex (and if it reproduces), ... quarentine it for a month, if they're all dead, there's parasites in it, ... if they're all alive (safe a tiny reasonable amount) consider yourself one of the rare people in north america to have live tubifex to feed their fish

if you do any research on tubifex you'll find out why they're so rare

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otherwise blackworms, more live food

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if it's neither tubifex nor blackworms, ... and it survives submerged, ... i really would like to know what kind of critter it is :)
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