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I'm Guessing Not Friendly

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by Rtessy, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Picked up some live blackworms, and there are three weird flat white things, they have eight little nubs on their body, like an octopus tentacle. Guessing not friendly, but can I feed the rest of the blackworms? And could I feed the weird things? I dunno, they look kinda cool
     

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  2. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

    I can’t really see what you’re talking about
    Try to take one out and stab it with a needle or something to get a close up picture
    I know black worms come with leeches some time
     




  3. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Will tweezers work? I don't like stabbing unnecessarily, lol
     




  4. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

    Yeah, anything that will make it stay still is fine. I’ve kind of went cold to stabbing bugs from my science labs
    You could probably just pick it up (with tweezers) and put it in a water bottle lid or something
     




  5. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Solid, I'll be back in a bit
     
  6. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    This is a problem for another day, had to take someone to the hospital, they're fine, just need some stitches and x-rays, so we'll be here a while
     
  7. nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Yikes! Hope they're ok!
     
  8. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Thanks! And luckily it's really looking that way, I got to watch the x-rays, the break isn't nearly as bad as we feared :)
     
  9. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Ok here we go, these guys need food, I think the imbellis ate their eggs.
    So, leech? If so, can I still feed the blackworms?
    Not looking good, huh
     

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  10. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

    yeah that’s a leech. What part were you describing to look like octopus tentacle?

    I don’t know if it’s safe to feed still. I imagine you would just pick out the leeches and feed them anyways since blackworms come with leeches so often...
    not sure what the leech life cycle is tho
     
  11. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    I dunno, the underside has little octopus things on one of them. I think you can see in this pic?
    Darn, these guys need food, but I can't risk making them sick... Actually, maybe I can, let me check a med....
     

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  12. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

     
     
    Ah weird. Leeches have cocoons not tiny eggs
    Probably safe to feed still!! I would
     
  13. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Never mind is for lice not leech
     
  14. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Arg, I dunno, they're such small fish, I'm worried that one leech would kill them :(
    I'll check with the store tomorrow, I really really appreciate your input, if they can't give me an answer, I'll go with yours :)
     
  15. Redshark1Fishlore VIPMember

    Octopi have suckers and so do leeches!

    I would not put them in my tank just in case, although many species feed by swallowing invertebrates.

    One in my area, Medicinal Leech, does suck human blood but it is a rarity!
     
  16. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Ohhhh ok. There are like 6 or 7 different species, one may be just a giant flatworm, but a few definitely seem to be leeches. Do you think I could feed the blackworms? Trying to feed to bettas, just for reference.
     
  17. Redshark1Fishlore VIPMember

    I would sort them out on a plate and just feed the Blackworms and avoid putting anything suspect in the aquarium just to be safe.

    Maybe review if its worth getting these again, there may be alternatives. I use frozen and stuff like daphnia and bloodworm from my water butt.
     
  18. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    Thanks, I tried frozen but the fish are wild and refusing flake, pellet, and frozen, so I bet they just need live for a little while.
     
  19. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

    Lol I’ve gotten a couple leeches before on me.
    If it’s a pretty common thing to have these leeches/flatworms/whatever in there I’m sure it’s not a big deal. I wouldn’t feed them (leech) to my fish though
    Maybe you should try to start your own blackworm culture so you don’t need to worry about this stuff
     
  20. RtessyFishlore VIPMember

    I had one, but I put a moss ball in it from my platy tank, then surprise, my Platies had TB :/
    Thanks! I ended up feeding them some this morning, they all seem very happy :)
     
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