What Is This?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by GrouchyGuppies, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. GrouchyGuppies

    GrouchyGuppies Valued Member Member

    I hope I'm just worrying for nothing.

    In my betta fish's tank I just saw a tiny white worm of about 1 or maybe 2 millimetres in length swimming freely in the water. It was definitely a living creature as I could see it wriggling to move. I am wondering if anybody could identify it and let me know if it is dangerous? I looked online but couldn't find anything that looked like it. I tried to get a picture if it but I'm afraid I was too slow and it retreated behind the driftwood in the tank.

    Thanks
     
  2. Rok55

    Rok55 Valued Member Member

    Detritus worms
     
  3. Iridium_2256

    Iridium_2256 Valued Member Member

    Quite sure those are what they call detritus worms, I have read a little about them before. They are actually in the same family as tubifex worms. I dont think they are harmful either, but that may be a sign to vacuum your gravel.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    GrouchyGuppies

    GrouchyGuppies Valued Member Member

    Ohhhhh, okay. They do look exactly like detritus worms but I thought detritus worms only lived on the glass, I didn't know they could also swim freely in the tank. Thanks a lot!
     
  5. somethingingthewater

    somethingingthewater New Member Member

    I have those as well, in a tank I breed feeder snails in, and at first seeing them freaked me out, but I have definitely seen them swimming in the water column
     




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