White worms in my tank o_O?

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Okay guys, this is the second time i've seen this, I happened to be looking at my tank just now when I saw this really small worm like thing wriggling about in my tank. It wasn't that long though, i'd say about not longer than 1 inch. I was about to remove it but then my platy ate it =/. Did not get the chance to take a picture either.

The first time I saw this worm, I wanted to remove it too but then it somehow got stuck in between the plants and I accidentally cut it in half (somehow with my net) then both halfs started wrigglingo) and got eaten by my fish =/.

Please don't tell me its some sort of parasite or something D: and that my fish are gonna die :x.
 

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Was it swimming, or crawling on surfaces? Planaria was my first guess too but they don't swim, and I don't think they get that big either.
 

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Yup, Detritus worms, fish love them. They tend to be a sign of over eating but if it is just 1 or 2 then it isn't bad. They are normally in all tanks, we only see them when something is wrong, their population explodes or we move the gravel around.
 
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oh phew ! I thought it was some sore of parasite.
It was actually swimming, not crawling on the walls or anything, just wriggling around like that o.o
I guess I should cut back on my feeding xD. I have been giving a little extra these days .
 
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so exactly how did the worms get into my tank?
 

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....they just are. There are many things in your tank that just happen to be. You havn't seen the worst of it . If you ever get the chance, put some of the water from the water change under a microscope.
 

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Detritus worms are harmless and live in every tank....do deeper cleanings and remove some gravel...no more than 1/4 inch....if all fails get some cory cats.....they love to snack on them...good luck
 

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I had an explosion of the planaria in my snails tank. After researching I found the wormer used for them are not snail safe!! The cory cats does work. I have 2 last night I put one of them in the tank all night and there seams to be less of the worms today. Tonight I will but the other cory in the tank and also I am doing a 48 hr fast trying to get rid of them. I hope that everything works out for you. Meagen
 

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Please note the dates on the threads.

I'm sure this issue has been resolved.
Thanks!
 
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^^ its still nice to read some answers . My problem isn't exactly solved though, I still see these worms in my tank but I'm kinda used to them. My fish just snack on them so I just leave it.
 

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