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bearwithfish 11-10-2010 11:44 AM

small worms?
so i have set up a 20 high for my mother and while at her house a few weeks back we noticed these very small (1/2 inch at largest) wriggly worms in the water column.. so we cleaned the tank really sell and advised her to slow down the feeding in the tank... she did and all seemed well... last week a seal went in the tank so we hooked her up with another temp tank and cleaned and replaced the seals in the tank.... after letting the seals set for 3 days we set it back up in her house last night.... this morning we again saw a lot of these worms in the tank.... now the tank has 1 large rock in it and is BB at this time ... i was thinking perhaps inthe filter but the larger issue is how do we get rid of them? now my wife runs 3 FW tanks right next door (duplex) and we do not have any of these in her tanks at all... the set up was the same as any other we have done (and we have done many) so we are stumped on the cause or the cure....

bearwithfish 11-11-2010 11:25 AM

well it looks like the worms killed the fish...... not sure what happened here but the fish have passed and now we are going to clean and start fresh in a few weeks..... i have some filter media seeding in one of my wifes tanks and after we get things moving along we will re set .. but i wanted any one who looked to know what the out come was....

Freddy 11-11-2010 11:42 AM

Possibly Planaria? Planaria are small white worm-like things that show up when there is too much food in the tank. They aren't harmful to fish, though, but the buildup of excess food is.

bearwithfish 11-11-2010 01:18 PM

we thought so as well and had them slow down feeding to every other day just 1-2 flakes per fish and they seemed to be gone up until we re did the seals... its really weird we can not figure it out at all.... but a good cleaning and a fresh start

SinCrisis 11-11-2010 01:36 PM

when in doubt start over with a nice vinegar bath (or bleach if you are confident in your rinsing skills).

bearwithfish 11-11-2010 01:50 PM

i never use bleach.... not just for the rinsing part but i have seen to many tanks crash over time from those who have used it... not say they all have but enough to prevent me from trying it.... LOL

SinCrisis 11-11-2010 01:55 PM

bleach is risky but it kills more effectively than vinegar. i never use it either, im super paranoid about chemicals in my tank.

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