Urgent! Worms?!?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by CooperF04, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. CooperF04New MemberMember

    Hey so I was just doing a water change and cleaning up plants pruning etc and i siphon into a big black tub and before I throw it out I shine a torch into it to see if I accidentally siphoned up any fry that sometimes come out when I siphon around the pearl grass and I shone the torch and at first I thought it was some of the white thread I used to tie some plants down but it was moving!
    I was like huh, and tried touching it and it squiggled away like a snake/worm.
    There's two of them in this tub and god knows how many in the tank??

    They are extremely tiny and thin like a piece of white thread and don't appear to have heads

    Please help i'm having a mini heart attack thinking the worst :(
  2. BettanewbWell Known MemberMember

    Possibly detritus worms?? Have you seen them anywhere else in the tank like on the walls and such??
    If it is detritus worms they are completely harmless.
    Do a Google search and see if that is possibly what you have.
  3. NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    Could be detritus worms as said above, or if you are in a warmer climate, insect larvae from a fly by.
    I don't know what fish there are, but most gut worms wouldn't have been moving .
    Worms, larvae, these things appear and disappear in healthy tanks. They are nothing to fear. After all, we are trying to create ecosystems, and we can't control life.
    If they were to be gutworms, a simple treatment with praziquantel would clear them anyway. They'd hardly be a bump on the road.
  4. oOBlueOoWell Known MemberMember

    Detritus worms are free food. I had a betta who would hunt them. My guppies pick at the glass and my sticklebacks completely decimated the ones in their tank.
  5. BettanewbWell Known MemberMember

    I had some a while back my guppies just looked at them and kept going. I was hoping they were going to end up as free food lol
  6. CooperF04New MemberMember

    Thank you for the replies, they had scared me so much I didn't realise they were harmless

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