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TexasTornado 10-18-2006 07:57 PM

worms/parasites in my tank!!!
 
When I turned on my tank light this morning I notices a lot of little wormy things wiggling around in the water and also my fish's stomachs are a little swollen. Are these parasites??? What is the best way to get rid of them??? How fast will they kill my fish? How did they get there? About how long will it take to get rid of them?

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Lupin 10-18-2006 08:01 PM

Hi Sarah.:wave:

Don't worry about that. They're only planaria. Your fish will eat them. Planaria are harmless little white worms which appear when you overfeed your fish. They will use the extra food for their survival and reproduction.

Controlling the amount of food and good tank maintenance should cut back their population.

HTH
Blue.:)

TexasTornado 10-18-2006 08:10 PM

YAY nothing serious...whew...I did post a picture up there ^^^ just in case it was something else...THANKS Blue! :lol:

Lupin 10-18-2006 08:13 PM

You're welcome.:thumbsup:
Should be planaria if your fish are ok after eating them.:)

girlofgod 10-19-2006 01:30 PM

how to get rid of them? just minimize feedings? and how to go that without stunting growth of fish?

Lupin 10-19-2006 09:02 PM

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Originally Posted by girlofgod
how to get rid of them? just minimize feedings? and how to go that without stunting growth of fish?

You can still feed your fish by about thrice a day but you have to make sure that no food would be left after they're done. Planaria will use the leftovers for their benefits.

TexasTornado 10-20-2006 09:27 PM

Thanks Blue! I skipped about 2 days feeding them and they ate all the planaria so now I only see about 1 or 2 once in awhile ploating about. I did a water change and it's all ok now. I didnt know what they were so I kinda freaked out...lol... :lol:

p.s. I'm a paranoid fish keeper!

Lupin 10-20-2006 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasTornado
Thanks Blue! I skipped about 2 days feeding them and they ate all the planaria so now I only see about 1 or 2 once in awhile ploating about. I did a water change and it's all ok now. I didnt know what they were so I kinda freaked out...lol... :lol:

p.s. I'm a paranoid fish keeper!

That's ok, Sarah. We also get paranoid when something happens.:) Don't worry. It happens to all of us.:)

Andrew 10-25-2006 01:58 PM

wow feed fish 3 times a day- i feed every other, i must be mean!


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