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Ok soo I am in the process of doing a water change in my 10gallon tank and I spotted an opaque spot on silicon in the corner of my tank. It has brown lines almost like a rib structures (the best way I can discribe it). At first I thought I had some kinda buildup on the tank so I touched it with my scraper and it moved! O.O

It moves like a worm and is about 1/2" big. What on earth is it?? How do you get rid of it or do you need to get rid of it??

I took pics but there are not the best sorry!




Is this something I even need to worry about??
 

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I believe it's a planaria (a non parasitic flat worm). I had a couple some time ago after I added some new floating plants.
I think there are mixed reviews on the harm they may do to fish.
I played it safe and got rid of the ones I had (besides, as you said, they're a bit on the creepy crawler side.)
 

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They don't have that arrow head like I have seen most Planaria have. Either way I managed to get it!
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Haha I had to stop cleaning my tank and walk away for a min. Made this Thread and then went back and scooped it out with a net.
 

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I was thinking more along the lines of Alien, those things that launched themselves at your face?

brrrrrrrr I hope that's the last you see of those things!
 

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COOL!

I *believe* there are different types of Planaria, so it's still possible. . . it does look like that could be an option.

Otherwise. . . could it be a limpet? Acroloxus lacustris, I think is the correct name for them. It's hard to tell on the size, it looks far too big, but I have a difficult time with scale on tank shots, as a rule.

Whatever it is (or was) I'm glad you got rid of it! Creepy crawlies are, well, CREEPY! Even if they're not harmful!!!
 

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It actually looks a bit like a leech to me.
I've had them before, it's not fun D:


You can tell by the way they move,
planaria glide across the glass, leeches bunch up and pull themselves.
 
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You had leeches in your tank?

I think I would just curl up and die. I'm terrified/horrified by leeches.
I didnt handle it very well, ended up taking apart the whole tank with gloves and shrieking at everything :lol:

I ended up getting them from some plants someone gave me, apparently they were being kept in a pond which i wasnt aware of.
 
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It actually looks a bit like a leech to me.
I've had them before, it's not fun D:


You can tell by the way they move,
planaria glide across the glass, leeches bunch up and pull themselves.
I've had a leech before. I'm guessing from plants as well. Luckily it was before I added fish. I didn't freak out, just disposed of it (fine I used planting tongs instead of touching it) and wait to make sure there wasn't going to be more before adding fish. Just to play it safe.
 

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yep, creepy crawly..
one time i noticed a tiny little worm swimming through the water. was trying to get a closer look at it: it appeard grey and was little more than half an inch long.
didn't get to look at it more than 10 seconds. one of the fish came along and ate it.
 

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I've had a leech before. I'm guessing from plants as well. Luckily it was before I added fish. I didn't freak out, just disposed of it (fine I used planting tongs instead of touching it) and wait to make sure there wasn't going to be more before adding fish. Just to play it safe.
Thats what I would have done too, but I had the unfortunate luck to get a pregnant one. Leeches carry their young on their backs so when I touched it to remove it, a bunch of babies fell off so I could never be sure if they were all gone or not
 

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I've seen Nematode worms in an old tank that I was cleaning up, sounds like what TwoCents was describing. . . Those were kind of cool. . .

I was looking into getting Rabbit Snails right up until I heard that leeches are a fairly commonplace occurrence with them. . . I changed my mind REALLY fast. Just. . . not okay with leeches!!!
*shudder*
 

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It actually looks a bit like a leech to me.
I've had them before, it's not fun D:


You can tell by the way they move,
planaria glide across the glass, leeches bunch up and pull themselves.
The movement you described for the Leech is exactly how this was moving. I haven't seen another since I took that one out so hopefully it was just that one!
 
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