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SolaceTiger 11-05-2008 03:24 PM

Worms? :(
Man, I'm realizing even after all my years of fish keeping, 10 years+ that there's alot more to worry about than I thought.

So in my 30 gallon that's cycling, I just put in the heater I got today. While I was doing so, I noticed on the glass there are tiny 1 centimeter or so worms crawling on the glass and twisting around in the water.

I first noticed them in my 10 gallon, and I guess I didn't think to much of it, don't know why.. must have been busy at the time. So I'm thinking because, I took the old filter cartridge from my 10 gallon to seed the new 30, maybe the worm like things transferred?

I have no idea what they could be, but I hope it's nothing serious.

Also one of my red eye tetras found one in the 10 gallon they're in and ate it. :-?

Amphitrite 11-05-2008 03:33 PM

Sounds like planaria. If so, cutting down on feeding and a few large water changes with very thorough gravel vacs should help get rid of them.

SolaceTiger 11-05-2008 03:42 PM

That's exactly what I'm hoping they are. So that makes sense then if because I put the old filter cart into my new one in my cycling 30 gallon, the worms just transferred?

I'm on the verge of being frustrated, but I will trust you since that's what I'm leaning towards myself. None of the fish seem to be in any distress, not any more than usual besides being in a tank to small for them. =/ Live and learn I suppose.

Since I've been cycling my 30 gallon tank, I've also been putting in fish food every morning and night, same amount I'd feed in my 10 gallon. If I stop doing that in the 30, they should pretty much die off right?

Picklee 11-05-2008 08:48 PM

Definately planaria. It's possible, but unlikely that they transferred from your other tank on the filter medium. They live in the gravel where all that extra food falls to.

SolaceTiger 11-05-2008 09:25 PM

Mm, I dunno. Is there anything else it could possibly be? I know it's not fry from another fish, but I don't see any redness or worms or anything coming from them, unless it could have something to do with my oto cats but I've had them for over a month now in my main tank without problems.

iamntbatman 11-05-2008 09:27 PM

If you stop putting fish food in the 30 gallon, you will also cut off the ammonia supply that is cycling your tank. Given that planaria are harmless to your fish, I'd much rather deal with a planaria outbreak than have to start the cycle all over again.

SolaceTiger 11-05-2008 09:29 PM

Okay, I will put some in there then. How do I know when the cycle is done?

iamntbatman 11-05-2008 09:33 PM

During the cycle, you should see your ammonia spike, peak out, then begin to decline. Around the same time it starts declining, you should see an increasing amount of nitrite. The nitrite will spike, then begin to decline. Eventually, you will be left with zero ammonia and nitrite and some detectable amount of nitrate. You should wait a week or so after this happens (making sure that you're adding an ammonia source such as the fish food through the whole process) then do a water change to bring the nitrates down to an acceptable range. The tank should then be ready for your first fish, which in your case are probably the fish you've got in your 10g.

SolaceTiger 11-05-2008 09:38 PM

Thank you! I will keep this updated. :)

Oh, also is it okay if the fish eat them as they are wriggling around in the water? Will it harm them any?

iamntbatman 11-05-2008 10:09 PM

It should be perfectly safe for the fish to eat them.

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