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Obakemono 12-05-2011 08:22 PM

Small worms??
 
I just noticed that I have a good amount of very small, white worms on the glass. They are maybe .25-75mm long. I do have some very small snails (hitch-hikers from the plants) but no fish at all. What should I do? Worry at all?

1. Size of tank? 15gallon
2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia? 0.00ppm
b. Nitrite? n/a
c. Nitrate? n/a
d. pH, KH and GH? n/a
e. Test kit? API

3. Temperature? 76

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? Fresh

5. How long the aquarium has been set up? 3 weeks

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them? none

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? none

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? live plants
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom? gravel
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? hollow log, river rocks

9. a. Filtration? Aquaclear 20, 2 foam, one ceramic
b. Heater? 150w

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? 8-10hrs daily, stock hood
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long? minor, 2 hrs

11. a. Water change schedule? weekly
b. Volume of water changed? 2gals
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? tap
d. Water conditioner used? Tetra safe
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? n/a

12. Foods?
How often are they fed? n/a

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
b. Appearance of poop?
c. Appearance of gills?

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?
b. What meds were used?

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6...bdc76d51_z.jpg


Irish Dancing Man 12-06-2011 05:49 PM

At first I though maybe they were Planaria worms, but those usually come from too much uneaten food in gravel, and you have no fish in your tank. But thats not the only cause of them, just the most commonly known.

To check if they are or are not planaria look at them and see if they have eye spots and protrusions on the side of the head, if they do, they are planaria.

Irish Dancing Man 12-06-2011 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Irish Dancing Man (Post 914021)
At first I though maybe they were Planaria worms, but those usually come from too much uneaten food in gravel. But thats not the only cause...

To check if they are or are not planaria look at them and see if they have eye spots and protrusions on the side of the head, if they do, they are planaria.


Ok I also just did some research and I found something out. There are worms that are natural in freshwater fish enviorments, but in NEW tanks or tanks that haven't been cleaned in a while that have nutrients that get out of hand, the worms thrive. They are like Planaria but harmless. So after you cycle the tank and get some fish in there they should go away.

Obakemono 12-06-2011 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irish Dancing Man (Post 914023)
Ok I also just did some research and I found something out. There are worms that are natural in freshwater fish enviorments, but in NEW tanks or tanks that haven't been cleaned in a while that have nutrients that get out of hand, the worms thrive. They are like Planaria but harmless. So after you cycle the tank and get some fish in there they should go away.

I figured they came with the plants I bought, It's no biggy then, because I figured when I got fish they would take care of anything in the tank.


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