Strange organisms that are not fish

Janmitch22

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I was just messing around in my 55 and I saw these tiny, thin, long (maybe a quarter of an inch) squiggly things in the water. I happened to be looking at a certain part of the tank and there they were. I would have missed them otherwise. They were just wriggling away in the water. What in the world are they?

They don't look like planaria; they didn't stick to the glass, they looked like they were having a ball in free water.

This was just after a water change that I noticed this. I saw three, but there are probably more.  Maybe they came from my water hose...? I run my hose from the backyard through the house to fill my 55.
 

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It could have been planaria. Sometimes when they die or if there is a lot of water movement they get pushed around in the water column.
 

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Sounds like planaria to me. How do you regulate the water temp when filling the tank with your hose? Do you know the water added should be as close to the tank temp?
 
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Oh okay. I guess they come in all shapes and sizes...sick! lol

I found that simultaneously adding warmish water with the dechlor and stuff in it gets me to the right temperature.
 

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These have to be planaria Jan. Maybe they just grew up this large. You can remove them with frequent water changes and with smaller feedings.
 

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A good gravel vacuum and your fish will clean them up. I have read in other places that they are always in our tanks, just not in numbers we can see. Maybe a little extra food dropped to the bottom and they multiplied. They are pretty harmless unless they multiply until they are unsightly and I know with your tank regimen that's not gonna happen.
Anyway your fish are probably chowing down on them and thinking you have provided them with live food.
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Planaria, cool. I was hoping they were. As far as creepy-crawlies go, I mean! Thanks for confirming, everyone.
 

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