Eradicating Detritus Worms? Please Only Respond If You Have Been Through It And Have Had Success! Question

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by TheBettaSushi, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    Hey all! As some of you may know, my tank has recently been infested with what seems to be detritus worms. Here’s the link to my previous post with photos

    https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/great-i-think-i-have-worms.401014/

    The amount is getting pretty out of control. I’ve stopped baffling my filter in hopes to catch these tiny monsters out of the water and into the filter media (hoping they get caught in the filter floss) however, no matter what I do, I can’t seem to get any flow towards the front of the tank thanks to the Fluval edge (6 gallon) design (this is where I see them the most on the glass as well as above the water column when they are not floating in the water).

    I was feeding my betta daily (either 2-3 pellets or bug bites, 1-2 frozen blood worms, 3-4 frozen baby brine or 2 frozen mysis... and no, not in one feeding). I would rotate these foods daily except on Sunday’s which are water change and fasting days.

    I have now cut back to feeding every other day as my betta keeps chomping down on these worms.

    I know that with more frequent water changes, I may be able to get their numbers down significantly to the point where I no longer see them but how often should I change the water and how much?

    Also should I feed my betta every two days instead or will every other day with water changes work just fine in lowering the amount of detritus worms?

    I manually siphon snail poop at least every other day with a small diy siphon I made using Tupperware, airline tubing and a straw but that isn’t sufficient enough and isn’t doing anything to rid these worms.

    Any advice? Suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    I just cleaned my substrate a lot after my infestation. Like...a lot. and cut back on feeding so much. Now, all I ever see is maybe 1-2 worms. And w/c's of course.

    Maybe try a 30% w/c twice per week, and clean the substrate a lot as well, every other day perhaps...and keep the feeding sparingly. Every other day sounds good. Well...that's what I did to get rid of 'em....
     




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  3. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    I can do pwc twice a week but I have sand as substrate so the gravel vac won’t work. I’ve tried to stir it up but that doesn’t work so well since I have diatoms on my sand.
     




  4. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    Well... did a water change, upped the flow on my hob a little, baffled it with a plastic mesh used for arts and crafts and also got rid of the steel mesh filter guard and used the plastic mesh sheet to cover the intake instead since it had bigger holes for the intake to suck up. I don’t see as many worms as I did this morning... still there but my glass is no longer covered... think that did the trick?
     




  5. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    Keep at it. They could be down in the substrate though hiding/chillin'...
     
  6. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    I don’t think I’ll be able to get rid of them completely but I’ll do another water change on Saturday and stir the sand again. As long as they stay in the sand and I don’t see them, I’m ok with that lol Thanks!
     
  7. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    I saw a few earlier in my tank. Only about 6 or so, and they were dead and just...floating there lol If they were alive, they usually get eaten anyway.
     
  8. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    6 is better than 100s of them that’s for sure. My betta keeps eating them but it’s so much that he can’t get to all of them. They’re so tiny that it’s hard to tell if it’s detritus worms or sand or just particles. I have to stand there and stare closely to see them. Whatever the case, I really hope that the new mesh intake guard I made and putting the flow on medium is enough to suck them into the filter at least. As long as I don’t see them, it won’t make my skin crawl.

    One thing I have noticed though is that I keep getting little air bubbles in my sand. I can clearly see them from the front of the glass. I’ll poke them out but it will come back. Not sure if it’s the worms causing it or my sand just isn’t compacting. I don’t have any air bubbles on the sides of my tank... it’s the strangest thing!
     
  9. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    Ehh don't worry about the bubbles. They happen to everyone all the time. I used to have THOUSANDS of D. worms, so I know what you're going through! Mine were so bad, that I had to shut down the tank...it was super gross...
     
  10. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    Just in the front though? That’s so weird. I’m also getting algae under the substrate just in the front of the tank... I’m not a newbie but I’ve never encountered this before. It’s definitely a first for me because I’ve always either used flourite if I wanted to plant or sand if I were keeping Anubias (as I am now).

    I’ve had it happen to me too.. semi long detritus worms... so many of them! It got to a point where I waited for my fish to die off since he was old anyway then destroyed that tank. Bleached the heck out of it and left it outside for weeks! Threw away all of my media and started the cycle again. Now they’re back! Sucks because this tank has only been running for a few months. You’d think they’d show up at least a year later but nope... they just had to show up now and ruin my life lol.
     
  11. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    The sheer amounts were comparable to ant hills. THOUSANDS. It was too overwhelming, so I dumped it all and started over.
     
  12. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    How did you let it get so bad??? Lol
     
  13. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    It was when I first started the hobby and was only about 13. I overfed like crazy. Most of the worms were in the substrate...and some on the back of the tank, but I never really noticed all of the ones in the back, because if was mostly a shady part of the tank...saw at least thousands when the substrate was churned up...it was quite disgustingly shocking... >_< D-:
     
  14. TheBettaSushiWell Known MemberMember

    Oh my!!! Yeah that is disgusting. I’m no longer feeding every day... I feel bad but there’s a bunch of free food in the tank if he wants it. I fed him 4 tiny bug bites today but that was it. He’s getting nothing tomorrow. What I don’t understand is how I got these things in the first place. Nothing gets left over because I hand feed with tongs. And if one drops, he’ll chase it down and grab it. I watch him eat, giving one at a time. I’m kind of mind boggled by it. Maybe they came from the small amount of diatoms I have? Or the green hair algae I had? Or the plants/rocks? I don’t know.
     
  15. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    They sometimes come in with plants and other things. Pretty sure mine came in with some plants, then they obviously multiplied like crazy over about 2 years...sucks! : (
     
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