Little white worm like things in Fry tank

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So I was on vacation for 10 days and came back to find my fry tank covered in algae. So today I scrubbed the tank then did a water change. I noticed these little white things swimming around like snakes. Some are up to a half an inch. I'm not to sure exactly what they are but they seem to be nematodes. How can I get rid of them. And prevent them in my other tank. I have no clue how they got there because I don't have live plants or new fish in the tank. The fry and mother have been in there for almost a month and a half. They only seem to come out when I disturbed the gravel. Are these good or bad and what should I do?
 

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They could be one of three things: Hydra, Nematodes or Planaria For hydra infestation, there are three products that can be used to remove them. Dactycid, Flubenol and Panacur. CureEx, kills a range of nematodes.and for Planaria you have to remove them by using meat in a mesh bag .First you will have to know what you have
 
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They could be one of three things: Hydra, Nematodes or Planaria For hydra infestation, there are three products that can be used to remove them. Dactycid, Flubenol and Panacur. CureEx, kills a range of nematodes.and for Planaria you have to remove them by using meat in a mesh bag .First you will have to know what you have
After examining one under a microscope I have come to the conclusion that they are nematodes. I will be soaking my syphone algae brush and bucket in a bleach and water mix. But what should I do about the tank. I am planning on giving the fry to my fish store. So how should I treat the fish/aquarium.
 

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They are harmless, usually the result of overfeeding. They are no hazard, just unsightly. Some fish will eat them.
 

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Simple detritus worms I'd imagine. Not a threat to anything but sign that you're overfeeding or not cleaning enough. Every tank has them to some degree.
 
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Okay thanks guys. I'm sure that my dad was just over feeding the fry wile I was away. I am still going to treat my supplies just so I don't get a lot in my other tank. Thanks again guys.
 
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