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pretzelsz 02-19-2010 04:28 PM

weird thing
So I was looking into my Betta tank and I though I saw a scratch. I looked at it for a minute and IT MOVED!!! It was inching along!!! Like a really thin inch worm but white!!! Is it bad? What is it?

Austin 02-19-2010 05:01 PM

Yes, it is bad if it was on the betta. If it was in the gravel or elsewhere it might be a type of freshwater worm that doesn't harm the fish, but is not a good sign since it means you are over feeding. It's probably a parasite of some sort if it is on the fish, but thats all I know.

pretzelsz 02-19-2010 05:06 PM

it was on the glass(plastic) very teeny but about an inch long

aunt kymmie 02-19-2010 05:19 PM

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Did it look like this:

pretzelsz 02-19-2010 05:28 PM

No it is really skinny like a thin scratch on the side of a tank...can't see any features on it. Its white too

pretzelsz 02-21-2010 10:01 AM

also it was right next to a new thing of snail eggs...about four snails in the eggs I could see

Amphitrite 02-24-2010 03:52 PM

Did it look something like this?

If so, it could be planaria. As far as I'm aware they don't do any harm to fish, and are usually present where overfeeding is present. If that's what it is, cut back on the amount you're feeding and ensure there isn't any left over food at the bottom of the tank.

aunt kymmie 02-24-2010 10:45 PM

Kate, why did your pic of planaria look so different from mine? Mine was tagged as planaria in the article I took it from, maybe mislabeled??

Amphitrite 02-25-2010 01:33 AM

I think to the naked eye it has a more thread like appearance, somebody correct me if I'm wrong though :)
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