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post #1 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Planaria problem.

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I posted something the other day about the 'tiny white dots everywhere' which I have come to conclusion is Planaria now because last night I saw about 4 of these little worm guys squggling around my tank.
As mentioned, I have a 55 gal set up. I have 8 African Cichlids and one Pleco. I have had these fish for 3 years. I keep a clean tank at all times. I have never had any issues with any of my fish.
I feed my Cichlids twice a day, and what I do feed them, is gone within about 15 seconds...maybe quicker than that. They are all about 5-6 inches long.
I have read a few different articles online about how to get rid of these things and everyone is saying to just keep cleaning the gravel daily, about 25% water change and to not overfeed, which I dont do as it is. I also read about adding aquarium salt to the tank. Is this safe for Cichlids?
Sorry if its a problem that I started a new discussion on this. I rarely come on here except when I have a question to ask. Im no fish genius so I cant help others much, but I appreciate everything everyone tells me on here!
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 10:01 AM
I had the same problem a couple of months ago. I was told that this is a normal thing and does not harm fish. When i first had this problem, they were everywhere. After taking the same advice you got and patience, all is well. There are now no visible white worms. Just keep up on the gravel vacuuming, water changes, and no overfeeding and you should be fine. Nothing to worry about. In fact, I have a small school of rummy nose tetras and they seemed to love eating these things. Every now and then I would see even the Bosemani's go after them. Patience young grasshopper patience....haha. Hope I helped.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 10:18 AM
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Hello all-
I posted something the other day about the 'tiny white dots everywhere' which I have come to conclusion is Planaria now because last night I saw about 4 of these little worm guys squggling around my tank.
As mentioned, I have a 55 gal set up. I have 8 African Cichlids and one Pleco. I have had these fish for 3 years. I keep a clean tank at all times. I have never had any issues with any of my fish.
I feed my Cichlids twice a day, and what I do feed them, is gone within about 15 seconds...maybe quicker than that. They are all about 5-6 inches long.
I have read a few different articles online about how to get rid of these things and everyone is saying to just keep cleaning the gravel daily, about 25% water change and to not overfeed, which I dont do as it is. I also read about adding aquarium salt to the tank. Is this safe for Cichlids?
Sorry if its a problem that I started a new discussion on this. I rarely come on here except when I have a question to ask. Im no fish genius so I cant help others much, but I appreciate everything everyone tells me on here!
Just a comment on slalt--as you have African rift lake cichlids, you can buy the salt made for them (it replicates their natural habitat water). Personally, I do not recommend using regular salt in a freshwater aquarium. Some fish are very sensitive to it, and it does internal damage. But the proper salt for Africans is fine with these fish.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-12-2009, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ok....as much as I cringe thinking about sticking my arm in that tank, I suppose I gotta start cleaning it tonight. Better now when there's only a few than later when there's a ton of them.
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