Brown Worms On Leaves

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Hi, I have a new tank that is having an issue with weird brown wormy squiggles on the leaves of my plants. When I turn my filter off I can see tiny thin brown worms wiggling out from inside the bigger squiggles, these worms are very bendy and move like an 'S'. When I brush the squiggles with my fingers they mostly break apart, though some need a bit more pressure than others. I noticed a few of them on one leaf three days ago, a few on other leaves the next day. I didn't think much of it and did a 60% water change that night. Yesterday almost every leaf in my tank had them. There are now some on the carnelian stones I have for decoration too.

For history, my tank has been going for about 6 weeks now in total, the first two were for cycling then added my first fish at the end of that fortnight. It's my first tank and I did a bunch of research on cycling before I started. In my fourth/fifth week had a problem with a weird brown substance I think was algae growing on my leaves, but my a worker at my LFS told me to try leaving the lights on longer (12-14 hours) which did seem to help clear it up. It's mostly all gone now. I also know I had tiny 1mm long nematodes in the water as I took a sample to work to look at under the microscope which I'm not seeing much anymore.

My tank specifications are:
38L - 10.04G
Inbuilt LED lights and top trickle filter (which has sintered glass noodles, activated carbon sponge and filter wool in it)
gravel with root tabs for my plants

2 corydoras habrosus
1 brown ramshorn snail (maybe two, they are very tiny but I've only been seeing one recently. There were two last week but I worry I killed/lost one during a water change :C )

Temp: 26C / 79F
pH: 6.8
ammonia: 0-0.25 (I always get this reading even from fresh tap water, the colour is inbetween)
nitrites: 0
nitrates: 5.0

I know I have issues with overfeeding because my two fish are so small, I'm planning to get more so they have a proper school but I don't want to while I have this strange breakout of wormy squiggles in case it's dangerous.

Does anyone know what it is and what I can do to get rid of it?

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Although there's no closeups, I'm thinking it's probably detritus worms which are harmless. This is somewhat normal with a new tank and plants and overfeeding. Just cut back on feeding, keep up with tank maintenance and their numbers should go down with time. I don't know if a feeding tray to keep the substrate a little cleaner will work for cories?

When I set up my shrimp tank (dirted and planted) I had an explosive outbreak of detritus worms and limpets. I didn't overfeed but I assume the dirt was the culprit behind the outbreak. With time and careful feedings, I rarely see any worms now. Still some limpets left but not like the zombie apocalypse it was before that's for sure.
 
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Okay, that does make me feel much better. Thank you very much for the info and advice.

I've been putting their food on the largest bit of carnelian like a plate and they always find it so maybe a feeding tray would be a really good idea. I'll look into it. Thanks again.
 
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