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Old 01-13-2010, 10:45 AM   #11 
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It sounds like planaria to me, too. Vaccuuming the gravel and changing most of the water can help.
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:58 AM   #12 
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Yep thats planaria. They're harmless. The most dominant cause is overfeeding. Give your gravel a good vacuum to get rid of most of them then cut back on feeding. If you want to totally nuke them stop feeding for a couple of days.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:38 PM   #13 
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Great, thanks guys! I guess I don't really mind as long as it won't hurt my betta. Kind of interesting, really.

That's weird that it's probably from overfeeding. I've only been giving him about 3 hikari pellets per day lately, sometimes less, because I have 9+ hours of class so it's been hard for me to find the time for betta maintenance, goldfish maintenance, two dogs, AND homework. Yeesh.

But my water must be all kinds of out of whack because my Betta's fin TOTALLY shredded literally overnight. Like at 1 ish in the morning is was fine and when I woke up at 8 it was all shredded. Well... not ALL shredded, but you know, not perfect like before. I don't think it's from tail biting, either.

I haven't been gravel vaccuuming as much lately, though. Mostly just charging water. And I have a huge algae outbreak on the gravel and equipment, but i keep it pretty well scrapped off the glass.

I'm bad.
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:25 PM   #14 
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They might be feedign off the algae then. I would just change the water religiously to eliminate the nitrate and do a blackout of planting permits.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:14 PM   #15 
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I had these with my last Betta and they freaked me out too! I would really like to know what they are!
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:47 PM   #16 
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Planaria are little worms that are mostly caused by overfeeding, as Kelly said.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:08 PM   #17 
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So they're kinda like little bonus pets? :p
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:14 PM   #18 
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lol, if you see it that way...
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:03 AM   #19 
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I did a little gravel sucking and the pop. seems to have gone down a bit, but they're definitely still there. I usually don't really do water changes because I have a ton of house plants and I just water them with my betta water every day, then refill it. I guess it's closer to the drip filter method. But lately we had this vase full of water that I didn't want to waste so I was using it to water the plants and I didn't compensate for the better. His gorgeous tail apparently paid the price.
So bad!
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