What Are These??? Worms? Shrimp?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by LucyC, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. LucyC

    LucyCValued MemberMember

    Hi, I just bought some live plants and discovered all of these worm like things and other critters. If anyone could answer these questions that would be great.

    1. Are they harmful?
    2. What are they?
    3. What should I do with the plants?

    Here's pics

    Thanks, Lucy :)
  2. Bruxes and BubblesWell Known MemberMember

    Second and third picture definitely depict scuds. They're a harmless amphipod. Fish love to eat them. They can be fun pets, too. :)

    Can you get a better picture of the other critters you see?
  3. OP

    LucyCValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the reply:)


    Those are the best pics I can get with this camera, they're like thin brown worms
    If I keep the scuds, do I need to feed them?

  4. Bruxes and BubblesWell Known MemberMember

  5. OP

    LucyCValued MemberMember

    Are they harmful? Should I keep them or get rid of them?

    Thanks, Lucy:)
  6. OP

    LucyCValued MemberMember

    There are also these little tiny black dots zooming around. Does anyone know what those are?
  7. Bruxes and BubblesWell Known MemberMember

    Water mite, maybe? Does it walk or swim? General shape?

    Those are usually harmless, but not really a wanted creature. Those I'd get rid of.
  8. OP

    LucyCValued MemberMember

    They swim and look round and very very tiny

    I'll get rid of the worms, but will there be worm eggs on the plants? I don't want the tank to get infested. Should isolate the plants? And if so for how long?
  9. Bruxes and BubblesWell Known MemberMember

    I don't think that they lay eggs on plants. I believe their reproduction is similar to an earthworm's.

    Not sure on the black swimming thing, but here's a list of websites I used to study small aquatic things. Let me know what it turns out to be!



  10. Cognac82Valued MemberMember

    Looks like you got some cool stuff on your plants. All I ever get is snails. Even if they're not wanted at least they're interesting!
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  11. Keystone

    KeystoneWell Known MemberMember

    Your little black dots are probably ostracods, also known as seed shrimp. Also harmless, but a picture or short video would certainly help.
  12. VioletSS

    VioletSSValued MemberMember

    Wow - you hit the jackpot on "free gifts with purchase"! ;)
  13. smee82Fishlore VIPMember

    Id get rid of the worms and feed the rest to my fish. If your lucky some might survive and breed
  14. sfsamm

    sfsammWell Known MemberMember

    I just want to say I keep and have been intentionally raising tubifex worms for my fish. All my fish in all my tanks love them except for the CPDs and shrimp, I don't feed tubifex in those tanks. Your fish would probably love them.
  15. Ken Ooi

    Ken OoiValued MemberMember

    Concerning those worm like creatures they are usually very very tiny about 1/2 can long and almost needle like in thinness. I see these growing in my soil ADA aquarium. They look kinda gross as they are not only one or two but a dozen crawling over the glass which makes it look yucky

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