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post #1 of 17 Old 11-30-2008, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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small squiggly worm like creatures

hi i have a twenty five gallon tank with two oscars in it. i just recently noticed a bunch of small squiggly looking wormlike creatures in my tank. they are extremely small but there is alot of them. how do i get rid of them and what could they be?
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-30-2008, 06:00 PM
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Try looking up planaria with a search engine. They are one of the most common little white squiggly things in a freshwater aquarium.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-30-2008, 08:18 PM
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My cousin has a tank and he had these small worms he found in his tank, they were no longer than an inch, and they ended up being lady bugs.

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mosquito?
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post #5 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 12:39 AM
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Depending on where you live it may be well past mosquito season, so planaria would be my guess.

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post #6 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 10:45 AM
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What color are they? I just noticed a small red one of my live plants. Its squirms like non-stop.

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G1X Protein Skimmer with 3500 Sedra Power head. 75 lbs. Live Rock, Sinularia, Zoanthids, Finger Leather, 45 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs
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What color are they? I just noticed a small red one of my live plants. Its squirms like non-stop.
Yours is detritus worm or annelid. Restrict feeding and do more water changes.

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post #8 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 08:41 PM
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I looked up the detritus worm and annelid, I did not find a pictures of what the worm in my tank looks like. It is very small, maybe 2cm? It is red and it squirms non-stop. It is on piece of eel grass I have in my tank and has been in the same spot since I have noticed it last night.

Can this harm anything? Will it go away?

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G1X Protein Skimmer with 3500 Sedra Power head. 75 lbs. Live Rock, Sinularia, Zoanthids, Finger Leather, 45 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 08:52 PM
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planaria id say there the most common "uninvited guest" in aqariums they move quite fast and can look like worms
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-01-2008, 09:08 PM
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I took a pic, hard to get a clear one, this is the best I could get.
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30 Gallon Long Saltwater Tank
Under Construction. Nova Extreme Pro T5 HO Lights, 6-39 Watt Bulbs,
G1X Protein Skimmer with 3500 Sedra Power head. 75 lbs. Live Rock, Sinularia, Zoanthids, Finger Leather, 45 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs
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