Worm in my tank? Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by VenomGrass, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    Hi Added some new plants a week ago. and after doing a water change today I found what looked like a little worm in the bottom of my tank wriggling about so I removed it and put down the sink! What the heck was it? I have kept the tank very clean since getting it with frequent water changes. I'm worried.. I took a pic but it's very small. Can be supplied if needed.

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  2. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    They could be planaria/flatworms. They're not are harmful just kind of creepy.
    They can be controlled by not over feeding and keeping your aquarium clean.

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  3. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    Give me the shivers.. lol was only very small thin and 1" long

  4. haedraWell Known MemberMember

    Planaria don't get that big... do you have a pic?
  5. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    I meant 1cm long, sorry. Is this still too long?

    I have just been lookign at pictures of planaria worms and it wasnt flat at all. It was very thin and around 1cl long. and was wriggling around. The pic is very blurrey; i'll try upload it though
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  6. haedraWell Known MemberMember

    No, that could still be it. ;) But if it was "wiggling" might be something else. Was it moving through the water in kind of an "S" shape? Pics are best to help figure out what it is, but I wouldn't worry about it too much. Plants can bring in all kinds of things, most are harmless.

    *edited to add* Nematodes maybe?
  7. crazedACDValued MemberMember

    What color are they? Are you missing any fish? I had a few teeny black worms (that I'm assuming were a variety of planaria) show up...upon further investigation I had missed a fish dying and they were snacking on him. Pictures would be helpful.
  8. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

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  9. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    That looks bigger than what I had in my tank.
  10. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Well, it doesn't appear to be Callamanus worms IMO which is good! They can be fatal to fish.
  11. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    This is a pic of what I had:

    Did it look like that?
  12. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    Thanks; quite similar I dont think it was as long, but your photo quality is much better.
  13. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    From looking at pics, I think mine were nematodes.
    Hopefully haedra can give an ID.
  14. haedraWell Known MemberMember

    Oh! I am by no means, an expert. ;) I just did a bit of reading when I ended up with planaria in my tank long ago.

    The S shape swimming and round long shape is characteristic of nematodes. Most are harmless; some are not. As long as you aren't seeing an outbreak of them I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    There are quite a few little beasties you might end up with, especially after introducing live plants. I find some of them quite fascinating.

    This is actually a pretty good site that might help you identify whatever you find, either now or in the future:  
  15. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    Thanks for that! Big favour there; reputation points for this :)
  16. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    Identified: Nematode :)
  17. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    I found the problem, the hornwort plants were infected with Nematodes. I could see them wriggling about inside the plant under my light! how disgusting.. I removed them all and will not buy from eBay again..
  18. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    nematodes are also caused by overfeeding and not enough gravel vacs...I have them as well from spoiling my fish
  19. VenomGrassValued MemberMember

    Can you get something to kill them? I'm scared of them lol
  20. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    no just extra gravel vacs and less feeding....they dont hurt anything..and most fish will eat them...but the reproduce fast!!
    took me 2 weeks to get rid of mine ...and i had to vac every day :( but now and then i get them again cause i just cant stop spoiling my babies

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