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post #1 of 5 Old 11-28-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
Worm or Parasite?

Hi all, found this worm in the substrate tonight while cleaning out snails.
Can anyone identify it? Just wanted to make sure its not a parasite or something, I have never seen one in the tank before.
Tank Info:
-38 Gallon fresh water.
-Planted.
-Wood.
-Livebearers.
-BNP.
-Corry Cats.
-Neon Tetras.
-Fully cycled.
-Regular water changes for nitrates.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-29-2012, 12:41 AM
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Hi all, found this worm in the substrate tonight while cleaning out snails.
Can anyone identify it? Just wanted to make sure its not a parasite or something, I have never seen one in the tank before.
Tank Info:
-38 Gallon fresh water.
-Planted.
-Wood.
-Livebearers.
-BNP.
-Corry Cats.
-Neon Tetras.
-Fully cycled.
-Regular water changes for nitrates.
I would consider it a parasite. I've had 2 platys die with what looks like that hanging out of their gills. I got the parasites from the live plant tank at Petsmart.

Consider the needs of your fish before acting on your desires.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-29-2012, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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I would consider it a parasite. I've had 2 platys die with what looks like that hanging out of their gills. I got the parasites from the live plant tank at Petsmart.
Well if it is a parasite I need to identify it. Can humans (I) contract it sticking my hands in the tank, that is the million dollar question.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-29-2012, 09:09 AM
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I just started reading about worms and parasites in tanks due to researching dwarf puffers - Do you have a bunch of them? I'm not an expert - I had no idea that this was possible until reading up this past week. *shudder*

Look up detritus worms
Aquarium, Pond Fish Parasites; Trematodes, Flatworms, Nematodes, Detritus, Anchor Worms

Nematodes are the ones that look similar but are usually inside the fish. I'm not sure how often they are free-swimming.

Wish I could be more help!
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-29-2012, 10:57 AM
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Well if it is a parasite I need to identify it. Can humans (I) contract it sticking my hands in the tank, that is the million dollar question.
I don't know if yours is, I had my hands in my tank with the parasites and nothing. If you're going to treat them, check out API General Cure.

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