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Paradise_Moon 08-18-2007 06:06 AM

Could it be planaria?
 
About two weeks ago I added sand onto my tank. That same day my Green Spotted Puffer (Spotty) 'threw up' . I got worried and I didn't know what to do. He looked fine, and he doesn't look weak or show signs of illness.

Any who, a week after I placed the sand I moved an ornament that had fallen. The sand was moved and at that instant I saw little white worms. At first I thought maybe Spotty had worms and the day he threw up he expelled some, thus exposing them to the tank in such form. But I see that he eats them, and so do the other fish I have in the tank.

For the most part, the white worms stay in the sand and so not come up unless the sand is moved (even slightly). And they do not crawl up the glass either.

I'm worried. Could it be planaria? or is it something else? if so, what?
And is it bad for my fishies? :(

i found a video on youtube. the worms look like this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NmcXUN9iw4

Lupin 08-18-2007 08:24 AM

Two things that allow reproduction of planaria:
1. Overfeeding
2. Poor tank maintenance

Planaria is not harmful. Generally, they will be eaten by the fish but you must improve your tank maintenance in this case. How much and how frequent do you feed your fish? What is your tank maintenance regimen?

Paradise_Moon 08-18-2007 08:33 PM

Well...
 
I feed the fish once in the morning(~8am) and once at night (~6pm)
Sometimes i feed them once a day, or I fast them once a week. just so the water won't get cloudy and i won't have uneaten food at the bottom. I had this problem with a previous fish i had, and learned to fast them or feed them once a day.

I change the water twice a month (water never really gets dirty, but the ornaments do get a brown and green alge) Since i do have brakish water fish in there, i place 1 tbs of aquarium salt in a small container (size of a shot glass) in the aquarium.

Oh, and i have 2 live plants in there. rather small in size. The Spotty tends to nibble on them from time to time.

Lupin 08-18-2007 08:37 PM

Twice a month is really too far. I would recommend you do either weekly or twice a week water change.

Paradise_Moon 08-18-2007 08:47 PM

Hmm.
 
honky-dory!
so, that being said, that should improve some water quality, and so it'll help eliminate those worms. Of course feeding patterns should also be observed more closely and such. Correct?

Lupin 08-18-2007 08:55 PM

Re: Hmm.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paradise_Moon
honky-dory!
so, that being said, that should improve some water quality, and so it'll help eliminate those worms. Of course feeding patterns should also be observed more closely and such. Correct?

Yes.:)

Good luck and hope the planaria will never return, Paradise Moon.:)

Paradise_Moon 08-19-2007 03:04 PM

Thanks
 
Thank you Lupin :)


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