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cmw1966 03-13-2007 04:01 PM

Found a Worm in the tank
 
Hi I found a milky/clear worm floating about in the tank, it is a new tank but I've done everything according to the pet shops advice. Is it something to worry about?. I'm due to add another fish at the weekend from a smaller tank where the fish were all previously kept together, should I wait? I do have a tendency to overfeed the fish but the two who are in the new tank aren't showing much interest in food and are lethargic.

Kate 03-13-2007 05:24 PM

Welcome ;)

I don't know about the worm (maybe an intestinal parasite?) but the lethargy of your fish concern me. Also - a LOT of pet stores give inadequate advice. What kind of fish do you have? In what size tank? At what temp? The water chem might be off as well, so test it for us and post your parameters. All of these factors (and more) could really affect how your fish are behaving and their overall health.

Lupin 03-13-2007 07:25 PM

Sounds like planaria to me which is nothing to worry about. Your fish will simply consume them. Planaria are a sign of overfeeding or poor tank maintenance.

Kate 03-13-2007 09:46 PM

http://members.optushome.com.au/chelmon/Planaria.htm

Hopefully that will help

daisycutter 03-22-2007 08:30 AM

a milky/clear worm? does sound like a glassworm which the fish should eat is it a straight and level insect like creature or is it a true worm?http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/729_glass_1.jpg

amphibi-man 04-05-2007 10:30 PM

Hi I have white worms in my sump!
 
I have small ... very very small white worms in my sump because I sometimes place old sword leaves in it. If I stir the sump a bit these worms go up into the aquarium where all my fish devour them quickly. OK so I've been doing this for years and my fish, especially my Black Phantoms are in incredible sparkling shape. I haven't gotten a case of ick or any other kind of sickness in years. However they do die of old age after about 5 years or more (they become very droopy and just wither away). And, I feed them brine shrimp and flakes and the occasional summertime Daphnia from a farm pond. They aren't glass worms though like the pic in the replies. The worms feed on the dead leaves I put in the sump next to the sump pump. Could these be the worms you have? If they are I wouldn't worry too much. My advice to you would be to feed one very small pinch of food twice a day for every twenty fish. And skip weekend feedings. Keeping them hungry for awhile is healthy for fish (This last step is only recommended for non-agressive fish ... mine don't nip each others fins!)

Lupin 04-05-2007 10:41 PM

Re: Hi I have white worms in my sump!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by amphibi-man
I have small ... very very small white worms in my sump because I sometimes place old sword leaves in it. If I stir the sump a bit these worms go up into the aquarium where all my fish devour them quickly. OK so I've been doing this for years and my fish, especially my Black Phantoms are in incredible sparkling shape. I haven't gotten a case of ick or any other kind of sickness in years. However they do die of old age after about 5 years or more (they become very droopy and just wither away). And, I feed them brine shrimp and flakes and the occasional summertime Daphnia from a farm pond. They aren't glass worms though like the pic in the replies. The worms feed on the dead leaves I put in the sump next to the sump pump. Could these be the worms you have? If they are I wouldn't worry too much. My advice to you would be to feed one very small pinch of food twice a day for every twenty fish. And skip weekend feedings. Keeping them hungry for awhile is healthy for fish (This last step is only recommended for non-agressive fish ... mine don't nip each others fins!)

Your worms sound like planaria to me which fortunately are harmless.:) And, yes, reducing the food rations will help reduce their numbers.

amphibi-man 04-05-2007 11:20 PM

Planaria and worms.
 
By Planaria do you mean the gray worms with the head shaped liked an arrow and cross-eyed look? I don't believe this is what I have. Please correct me if I am wrong... Thanks!

Lupin 04-05-2007 11:22 PM

Re: Planaria and worms.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by amphibi-man
By Planaria do you mean the gray worms with the head shaped liked an arrow and cross-eyed look? I don't believe this is what I have. Please correct me if I am wrong... Thanks!

Planaria vary in shape and color. I believed yours are planaria.:)

amphibi-man 04-05-2007 11:28 PM

Planaria
 
Come to think of it I believe Planaria can be found sometimes with the Black worms you can buy at pet stores. Those Planaria are cool looking if you really take a close look at them with a magnifying glass.


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