Last weekend when I went to do my normal water changes I discovered that my syphon no longer works.. the cat decided that it was a great toy and now there are teethmarks all through it. I huffed and grumpled and glared at the cat and did my water changes without doing a vaccum and hoped that it would be fine until I had a chance to get to the LFS (I work an hours drive away from home so I'm 'work occupied' from 8:30am-7pm each weekday - no chance to get to the LFS) I have been testing my tank to ensure that the lack of a vaccum for a week wouldn't seriously affect the water qual and the tests are consistant and are still the same as in my profile (0,0, just under 5) and have been doing water changes as per normal -just with a small bowl and bailing the water in and out of the tank. I just wasn't able to do the vac last weekend. I visually examine all my tanks and fish on a daily basis so I can catch things early and this evening I saw little whiteworms on the glass in Firesong's tank... we have a case of planaria!!! After I stopped swearing I tested the water again.. yep it's all fine but there is a little bit of matter in the gravel that hasn't been vaccumed up because I am syphonless and hoseless (well I have a hose, but it's full of holes and is pretty useless) First thing tomorrow I will be heading to th LFS when they open to get a new syphon. How do I get rid of planaria? I can see about 30 of them and they are tiny - Firesong is pigging on them so I will probably hold off from feeding him for a couple of days - I suspect that family have been feeding him while I've been at work (Firesong's tank is in the family room and sometimes my family feed him.. and I go along afterwards and scoop out 10-15 pellets and give themthe lecture again) so will be watching the tank.. and them, extra carefully.