Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #1 
Tobythefish
Member
 
Tobythefish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Plant questions

I have an anacharis and mossball from petsmart in QT for use in my shrimp tank. The questions are:

1. I noticed five small snails, several mm, in the QT vase last week. I removed and killed them. Several days later I noticed three more small snails, 2-3 mm, in it and killed them too. Yesterday I noticed three more the same size as the last ones. I was busy and planned on removing them today, but I can't see them now, although I know that they're there. Howerver, this morning I noticed several white worms about a cm long and very skinny, wiggling around. How do I get rid of them and the snails?

2. How do I prune the anacharis? It's so tall it almost above water level, and the vase is filled to the top.

Thanks for any help.
Tobythefish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 02:17 PM   #2 
Sheldon31
Member
 
Sheldon31's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: AWOL
Just trim the anacharis to size, it will grow back quickly! and trim any new shoots off it. Take the bottom few mm's of leaves off and replant. It will grow like wild fire but that's not a bad thing.

For the snails a handy little trick is to put a bit of cucumber or lettuce in the tank. Leave for 24 hours and it should be covered in snails! Repeat if needed.
Sheldon31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #3 
Bombalurina
Member
 
Bombalurina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Australia
To be honest, there's a good chance you won't be able to get all of the snails off, ever. You can try washing in a weak bleach or potassium permanganate solution with very hot water, though. Depends on the plants.
Bombalurina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 01:33 AM   #4 
ao
TFK Moderator
 
ao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Don't wash the plants in hot water, LOL. you can chop the anacharis in half and plant both. you'll get two plants that way :)
ao is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 04:12 AM   #5 
luvaquariums
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
I think I have had the same worms in my 10 g tank as well. I had bought a mossball and plant from Petsmart. Eventually I started to see the tiny worms all over my tank. I quarantined the mossball and saw more worms crawling on it so I threw it out.

I let things be for several weeks hoping the problem would subside but by then and my tank had even more worms. Some like you describe, and probably thousands of tiny glass clinging and freefloating worms that were 1-2mm in length. I had moved some of the plant into another newly dirted tank and the worms appeared there as well. I tried not to overfeed but perhaps I failed to so.

To get rid of the worms I tore down the tanks, let them sit empty with the equipement inside, and got rid of the substrate. I then added a pinch of powdered dog dewormer. I placed all of the plants and decor inside of a bucket and overdosed them with dewormer. After 48 hours I cleaned and rinsed everything and haven't seen the worms since. That is not to say that they will be gone for good but they have been gone for a month or two now.

I think this also wiped out my snail problem. The snail issue came from plants that I didn't buy from Petsmart. Some of the snail eggs were on the plants after the treatment so I removed them and I can't remember if I manually removed them all or left some. I haven't seen any snails again.
luvaquariums is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 07:28 AM   #6 
Cattitude
Member
 
Cattitude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
I've only had my plants for a few days but so far all I've noticed is a few tiny snails. I just ignore them, as it's not like they're overrunning the tank. I'll try the cucumber/lettuce method if they get to be a problem.
Cattitude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 08:51 AM   #7 
SpookyTooth
Member
 
SpookyTooth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: England
Judging by the description of the worms mentioned they will likely be one of two things:

1) Planaria
These are a species of flat worm and normally have a pointed head. They vary in size from a couple of mm long to a few cm and are often carnivorous however they will not harm a betta. Their colours vary from white to cream, pink to brown to black.

2) Detritus worms
Detritus worms live in the substrate of an aquarium and are completely natural in the enclosed ecosystem like our tanks, they help decompose the mulm in the substrate. If the tank is overfed or the substrate is not regularly vaccumed the detritus worm populations can explode and these things can be seen in the water column and on the sides of the tank. They are usually 1 to 3 mm long and are as thin as hairs, they will be white or translucent white. They can also be seen swimming in "s" shapes in the water column if populations are high enough. Some are slightly thicker than hairs but never exceed that width.

Both are harmless and can come in with aquarium plants. Detritus worm explosions can happen alongside copepod explosions during a tank's cycling process (especially where one is doing a fishless cycle using fish food). If a population explosion occurs in a tank with animals that take in oxygen solely through their gills it might be wise to add an air stone until the problem subsides. The detritus worms usually leave the gravel when populations increase due to lack of oxygen in there - it's nothing to worry about but the airstone may relieve some of the pressure :).

Both may be eaten by bettas (mine have certainly had no problems devouring detritus worms in the past) and manually removed through the use of a gravel cleaner.

Detritus worms will often go in time if feeding is reduced and tank maintenance increased. Planaria/flatworms can be removed manually or by sucking them up in a turkey baster and removing them.
SpookyTooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 05:45 PM   #8 
Tobythefish
Member
 
Tobythefish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Thanks for the help.
Tobythefish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 06:23 PM   #9 
Bombalurina
Member
 
Bombalurina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Australia
Quote:
Originally Posted by aokashi View Post
Don't wash the plants in hot water, LOL. you can chop the anacharis in half and plant both. you'll get two plants that way :)
Like I said, it depends on the plants. Hardy plants can take it. I've never had a problem doing it to my anacharis.
Bombalurina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #10 
ao
TFK Moderator
 
ao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
I define anything that I cant touch... warm , lol
"hot" usually kills my plants :p
ao is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New 5 gallon. Cycling questions and plant questions. Cinderwolf Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 16 02-07-2012 05:08 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.