I found a little white worm in my aquarium this afternoon, watched it for a while, and I'm pretty positive it's planaria. Now, I've only seen one of these things in there at a time (there might be only one altogether). Should I worry about this? How best should I deal with this before it becomes a problem?
Thing is, I don't know how it got in there. I haven't added anything new, except for betta food and algae wafers; and I do 15-20% water changes about twice a week. Water parameters are perfect.
Anything else I should know about planaria?
Oh, and if it helps. My tank:
Temp. 79 degrees
0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, <5 nitrates
Occupants: Male betta, otocinclus catfish
from faithfull google.........it appears that they happen due to
over feeding,insuffiant gravel vac.
so i'm not saying that your maintainance is lacking a bit,however
perhaps do a water change and gravel vac a little more often than you do,
the situation can grow adn then i think it's a little harder to get rid of them.
It's not dangerous to your fish at all. You should just cut down on feeding a bit and up your water changes and it will clear up.
I did a 50% water change yesterday, but found two more of those worms this morning.
And now, after doing a little more research, I'm not sure they're planaria.
They're hair-thin, white, about _____ long, and swim in an S shape.
My plan right now is to:
-- remove some gravel (I have quite a thick layer in my tank, and it's hard to vac it all)
-- do another 50% water change tomorrow
-- fast my fishies for three days
Anything to treat the tank with that might help with this?
ewwwww,i hope someone can identifiy them for you.
i've not had experiance of those,sorry.
http://www.fishdeals.com/fish_diseas...a_white_worms/ does your worm look like the hairlike one here or the flat headed one. i had the hairlike one once. i don't think i did much to get rid of them. either they just went away or my fish got them. one of the two happened. i made no effort to catch them.
The hairlike one. Exactly.
Yeah, I just witnessed my sparkling gourami EAT one. o.o Hey, as long as the worms won't hurt him, he can dine away.
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