Help!! I Just Saw A Red Worm In My Aquascape

LiamHartwick

I've recently set up a new tank (5 gallon with no intentions to put anything in it besides plants ) it doesn't have a filter or a heater. And I just saw a red worm about 5cm long. It's the second one this week. I ignored the first one and just took it out and killed it but I tried to take it off but it wiggled like a snake back into the aquasoil gravel. Please help me get rid of these pests.
 

LiamHartwick

Hi, that sounds like possibly detritus or tubifex worms. They are harmless and clean up decaying matter in your tank. I'll try to link another thread on the forum here, if it works you can see a picture that sounds like what you described. (not exactly sure how to link threads.. so hopefully I did it right).
Do they go out of the tank?

Unfortunately the link was invalid.

Don’t rule out camallanus worms
I think its camallanus worms, but I don't have any fish in my tank.

Hi, that sounds like possibly detritus or tubifex worms. They are harmless and clean up decaying matter in your tank. I'll try to link another thread on the forum here, if it works you can see a picture that sounds like what you described. (not exactly sure how to link threads.. so hopefully I did it right).
It does look a lot like tubifex worms. Can you please resend the link.

Hi, that sounds like possibly detritus or tubifex worms. They are harmless and clean up decaying matter in your tank. I'll try to link another thread on the forum here, if it works you can see a picture that sounds like what you described. (not exactly sure how to link threads.. so hopefully I did it right).
It just went out of the water!!
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Skavatar

its not a blood worm.

try to net it out and get a close up pic.
 

richiep

CAMALLANUS worm are normally introduced by fish eating infected crustations snz as therez been no life in that tank I can't see how they got there
But I may be wrong
 

LiamHartwick

its not a blood worm.

try to net it out and get a close up pic.
Already threw it sorry

CAMALLANUS worm are normally introduced by fish eating infected crustations snz as therez been no life in that tank I can't see how they got there
But I may be wrong
I think it's tubifex, 90% sure. But do they go iut of the water? And if not which species do.
 

richiep

Ive not come across any type of worm that vacated a tank, but like anything if spooked they could I suppose, but as Skavatar said a good pic would be better
 

LiamHartwick

Next time I see one I’ll take more pictures
 

Suzanne2

The worm actually crawled out of your tank? That's odd. Never seen that happen with any of my various pet pond critters of the wormy kind..

Side note; I see a moderator edited my post above, so maybe the link works now. If not let me know.
 

richiep

Did you photograph him
 

LiamHartwick

Ive not come across any type of worm that vacated a tank, but like anything if spooked they could I suppose, but as Skavatar said a good pic would be better
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Did you photograph him
Yes

The worm actually crawled out of your tank? That's odd. Never seen that happen with any of my various pet pond critters of the wormy kind..

Side note; I see a moderator edited my post above, so maybe the link works now. If not let me know.
Yes he crawled out like most of the others. Do they die outside of the tank?

Another one
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Suzanne2

It could be a midge fly larvae of some kind. The long thin appearance makes me think of Palpomyia larvae. Harper college has some good photos of diferent aquatic midge larvae. Search Google for Leggless & Tube Dwelling Aquatic Insects dept.harpercollege.edu
I have never actually been able to observe any of the midge larvae I had leave the water, however they do at some point in order to complete their transformation to flys. I'm not sure if they are pupae while in the water or out of the water. I always have too many plants to really see what's going on with them as they transform.
 

richiep

Thatx interesting Suzanne2 as I'm not getting a good picture to make any sense of it
 

LiamHartwick

It could be a midge fly larvae of some kind. The long thin appearance makes me think of Palpomyia larvae. Harper college has some good photos of diferent aquatic midge larvae. Search Google for Leggless & Tube Dwelling Aquatic Insects dept.harpercollege.edu
I have never actually been able to observe any of the midge larvae I had leave the water, however they do at some point in order to complete their transformation to flys. I'm not sure if they are pupae while in the water or out of the water. I always have too many plants to really see what's going on with them as they transform.

How do I get rid of them

Thatx interesting Suzanne2 as I'm not getting a good picture to make any sense of it
Are these better?
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richiep

Although it's a clear picture it's still a guess as to which worm, remember the eco system you are developing is going to have all sorts of weird and wonderful bugs ECT in, its just the way it works, you could treat with Fenbendazole but that will also kill all the snails and possibly other life, and rather do that I'd look a siphoning all the unwanted into a bucket and return the water, as their food source reduces they will disappear, you are always going to have explosions like this even if you treat with fenbendazole or simular they will probably return at some stage because you have no predators in the tank.
 

LiamHartwick

Although it's a clear picture it's still a guess as to which worm, remember the eco system you are developing is going to have all sorts of weird and wonderful bugs ECT in, its just the way it works, you could treat with Fenbendazole but that will also kill all the snails and possibly other life, and rather do that I'd look a siphoning all the unwanted into a bucket and return the water, as their food source reduces they will disappear, you are always going to have explosions like this even if you treat with fenbendazole or simular they will probably return at some stage because you have no predators in the tank.

Will they just keep reproducing? And will they come out of the tank? Last thing I want is my house to be invaded with these creatures.
 

richiep

I don't know of any aquatic type worm that comes out of the tank, things like dragon fly nymph and mayfly nymph do their last morph in the tank before leaving and fly off and no danger of infesting the house and that's if your unlucky to have them, I'm not sure how these worms produce but do know that when the food source or the cycle stops they disappear, I get all types in my shrimp tanks none of them come out and I just leave them get on with it except in the case of planaria but you've no need to even worry there,
 

LiamHartwick

I don't know of any aquatic type worm that comes out of the tank, things like dragon fly nymph and mayfly nymph do their last morph in the tank before leaving and fly off and no danger of infesting the house and that's if your unlucky to have them, I'm not sure how these worms produce but do know that when the food source or the cycle stops they disappear, I get all types in my shrimp tanks none of them come out and I just leave them get on with it except in the case of planaria but you've no need to even worry there,
Thank you my anxiety just went down by a lot.
 

Suzanne2

How do I get rid of them
Sorry I don't have any really good ideas on how to get rid of them. You could look into getting a fish of some kind that may eat them...
I think trying to scrape them off while siphoning out water so as to suck them up could be worth a try.
Hope you can figure something out.
 

LiamHartwick

Sorry I don't have any really good ideas on how to get rid of them. You could look into getting a fish of some kind that may eat them...
I think trying to scrape them off while siphoning out water so as to suck them up could be worth a try.
Hope you can figure something out.



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richiep

I'm still of mind to leave them alone as they are part of the eco system which is very important to any tank, I have found an interesting article you may like to read and put your mind at ease
 

Suzanne2

Saw your new photos, they are good and clear. do you think the little whitish worms are smaller versions of the large red worm? Or do they seem different in appearance to you?
It may be two species of worms as the red one looks more like a flat worm of some kind to me (however it's always easier to tell the difference between segmented worms and flat worms in person rather than in a photo). and the little ones may just be detritus worms.
I've never actually tried to get rid of any of these worms... I just let them live in my tank. Sorry I can't be more helpful, if you are still trying to get rid of them hopefully someone else has some info.
 

richiep

Suzanne2 that also came across to me as two separate worms
 

LiamHartwick

Saw your new photos, they are good and clear. do you think the little whitish worms are smaller versions of the large red worm? Or do they seem different in appearance to you?
It may be two species of worms as the red one looks more like a flat worm of some kind to me (however it's always easier to tell the difference between segmented worms and flat worms in person rather than in a photo). and the little ones may just be detritus worms.
I've never actually tried to get rid of any of these worms... I just let them live in my tank. Sorry I can't be more helpful, if you are still trying to get rid of them hopefully someone else has some info.
Yeah they are 2 different types. Thanks for the help
 

treadingwater

Idk if this helps but there is a site that will help you identify the worms in your aquarium.
I've no idea how you submit a question about this specifically however there is a link to ask a general question over on the right side.

Where did you get your plants from?
 

LiamHartwick

Idk if this helps but there is a site that will help you identify the worms in your aquarium.
I've no idea how you submit a question about this specifically however there is a link to ask a general question over on the right side.

Where did you get your plants from?
Local fish stores.
 

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