Not a fish, but what is this creepy thing?

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I don't really know for sure, but here in Kentucky we have something that looks exactly the same in our creeks. I've been told by my mother and father in law that they are snails, some have black shells and others did not. I doubt that helps, wish I knew how weird.
 
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:jawdrop: Oh man, a leach. That's really what I suspected. There are some smaller ones too.
Do they go after snails? Right before I shot the video, it was investigating the snail that you can see in the video.

That makes 3 reasons I'm glad I didn't put those plants in my tank.

Justin, it doesn't have a shell.
 

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It is definately a leach!! It won't attack you...an invertabrate so I guess there is some kind of copper poison to kill them....maybe a handfull of pennies...let them corrode for a bit....old time remedy that works. Just a few, not a actual handful....I think, it does work on snails and other inverts.
 
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Leaches have made a huge comeback in the medical world. It has something to do with enzymes I think.
I heard that recently. Want me to find out how much it would cost to ship them to you?
 

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LOL Lucy.

Agreed. It looks like a leach to me too. Nasty critters. That's why I won't swim in our creek. (not to mention the gators)

What is that set up you have there Lucy? I don't think I've seen it before.

Ken
 
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Ted, I didn't think pennies were still made of copper.

LOL Lucy.

Agreed. It looks like a leach to me too. Nasty critters. That's why I won't swim in our creek. (not to mention the gators)

What is that set up you have there Lucy? I don't think I've seen it before.

Ken
Good morning Ken! Check out the link in the first post. I guess you'd call it an attempt at a container pond/garden.
I found leaches are pretty fascinating to watch in a creepy sort of way.
 
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Any copper you put in there may also hurt the plants (and no, pennies are no longer made of copper).
Anyway, leeches aren't all that bad (unless you're swimming with the blood-sucking variety). I wouldn't put any fish in there, though. If you want to feed them, many will latch onto little bits of meat.
 

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No fair, I can't see the video on my iPod! I wanna see this thing!

Leaches and maggots are actually used to help heal wounds that won't heal, like diabetic ulcers. I'd have to be put in a medically-induced coma to have maggots put on me.

-Lisa
 

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No fair, I can't see the video on my iPod! I wanna see this thing!

Leaches and maggots are actually used to help heal wounds that won't heal, like diabetic ulcers. I'd have to be put in a medically-induced coma to have maggots put on me.

-Lisa
+2 and im itching thinking about it now LOL
 
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