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post #11 of 27 Old 04-14-2009, 03:03 PM
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Here is a website of different worms that could be in your aquarium
Aquarium (and Pond) Answers: Trematodes and Nematodes in Fish

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The Worms!

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post #12 of 27 Old 04-15-2009, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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take a picture of them so we can know exactly look like
I can't take a picture of them. They are too small.
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post #13 of 27 Old 04-15-2009, 12:44 PM
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the only thing that i can think of is that they might be mosquito larva.
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post #14 of 27 Old 04-16-2009, 07:06 AM
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If examined closely have eyespots as well as protrusions from the sides of their heads. Although they do not harm fish, they love to feast on eggs, and therefore are dangerous if breeding egglaying fish.
I had like four in my zebra fry tank...apparently they're not harmful to fry?

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post #15 of 27 Old 04-16-2009, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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the only thing that i can think of is that they might be mosquito larva.

Its definitly not mosquito larvae. This is what mosquito larvae looks like...
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post #16 of 27 Old 04-17-2009, 02:11 PM
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I know alot about planaria and jsut got a degree in college. It would be beneficial if you find a local breeder because ive heard of many worms looking like planaria but are more harmful. BTW planaria is not white!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its dark brown with spots. The white may be some sort of insect or even, a fry! But you never know. Like I said, find a local breeder. They know many things that occur in tanks. For now, leave it in the tank and if the fish behave differently or seem sick, get the fish into another container with clean water and empty the infested tank. Dont forget to give your fish medicine and clean all decor and substate with soap and water.
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post #17 of 27 Old 04-17-2009, 03:42 PM
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Do NOT clean anything your gonna use in your fish tank with any kind of soap....EVER!.........Use old tank water from a water change and a "Aquarium only" brush to clean and tank decor.........Its NOT a good idea to ever change all your water.........A maximum of a 50% water change and thats if you have fry in the tank.........A 30% water change every day for 3 days is better than a 100% water change all at once
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Do NOT clean anything your gonna use in your fish tank with any kind of soap....EVER!.........Use old tank water from a water change and a "Aquarium only" brush to clean and tank decor.........Its NOT a good idea to ever change all your water.........A maximum of a 50% water change and thats if you have fry in the tank.........A 30% water change every day for 3 days is better than a 100% water change all at once
I disagree. Soap and bleach are just fine to use for cleaning fish things. The important thing is that you rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. Cleaning a empty tank and decor in this manner is fine. Substrate however I always suggest using the oven on broil to sanitize it. Driftwood should be sanitized by boiling. Also changing all water is fine, though normally unnecessary. I would only worry if you have sensitive fry in the tank. I've done 95+% water changes w/ endler fry and they have always been fine. If its an emergency I will drain the tank and leave only enough water for the fish to swim(1-3"), I may fill it back up and drain it again if it is necessary. I've done this on tanks with young german blue rams and they have always been just fine.


As far as the worms go. I think I know what you are taking about. They are thin tiny white worms. Most stick to the glass and substrate, however some do seem to swim. Does that sound like them? Do they look kinda like mirco worms(the live food)?

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post #19 of 27 Old 04-19-2009, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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As far as the worms go. I think I know what you are taking about. They are thin tiny white worms. Most stick to the glass and substrate, however some do seem to swim. Does that sound like them? Do they look kinda like mirco worms(the live food)?
Yes. Exactly. What are they?
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post #20 of 27 Old 04-19-2009, 12:15 PM
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Yes. Exactly. What are they?
Species wise IDK, they are harmless though. They won't harm the fish or anything else. Your 10gal. Does it have fish in it our not? I've found that you can get lots of them in empty or lightly stocked tanks verse fully stocked tanks. Some fish like cories seem to eat them, I've always seen a reduction in there numbers after adding fish in general. They also seem to like newer tanks, often as a tank ages you see a steady dwindling of them. Gravel vac can deduce the numbers, but usually won't get rid of them completely.

Empty tanks that are left running, say to cycle, often become homes to weird tiny things. I left a barebottom tank run empty for over a month and at the end it had a large colony of seed shrimp in it. Visually they looked like really young daphina. But they swam really drunken like. Often going in circles in the same spot for a extended period of time. Under the microscope they looked like miniature clams. When I did add fish to that tank, all the seed shrimp where wipped out in about a day.

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