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Old 02-24-2011, 08:40 PM   #1 
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Planaria/nematoads?

I've seen alot of people with these in their tanks.. how do they get there? I want to avoid getting gross wormy things in my tank D:
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:41 AM   #2 
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Well, you can't. They are part of the ecosystem and can live low profile but can explode out of control in number when there is abundant food supply around. It basically indicates you are either overfeeding or not trying to clean your tank enough or even both.

Nematodes are mostly parasitic. The common ones are capillaria and camallanus. Parasitic worms cannot survive outside the host's body as they needed it to sustain themselves.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:35 AM   #3 
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My tank creatures started showing up after I switched my established tank to sand...I removed the gravel, then added sand. I think it may have stirred up whatever was actually in the gravel to begin with..maybe...I also got new plants from a local petstore...and I got a snail, so it could have been the extra bioload of the snail? maybe..I don't really know for sure..
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Well, you can't. They are part of the ecosystem and can live low profile but can explode out of control in number when there is abundant food supply around. It basically indicates you are either overfeeding or not trying to clean your tank enough or even both.

Nematodes are mostly parasitic. The common ones are capillaria and camallanus. Parasitic worms cannot survive outside the host's body as they needed it to sustain themselves.
I believe I have nematodes.How can I get rid of them? Would something like jungles "parasite tabs" work?
Or should I just remove my fish from the tank for a while?
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My tank creatures started showing up after I switched my established tank to sand...I removed the gravel, then added sand. I think it may have stirred up whatever was actually in the gravel to begin with..maybe...I also got new plants from a local petstore...and I got a snail, so it could have been the extra bioload of the snail? maybe..I don't really know for sure..
Which snail was it? Physas, ramshorn or trumpet?

And any pics of the worms you have there? If long, red and stringy sifting around the organic matter, it's detritus worms. Vacuum them off. They're harmless though and simply indicate your tank needs more maintenance. No need to resort to chemicals to kill them off.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:53 AM   #6 
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Which snail was it? Physas, ramshorn or trumpet?

And any pics of the worms you have there? If long, red and stringy sifting around the organic matter, it's detritus worms. Vacuum them off. They're harmless though and simply indicate your tank needs more maintenance. No need to resort to chemicals to kill them off.

He is an apple snail.

The worms usually hang out against the glass,lately mostly at the top.. but every now and then I see one squiggling around in the water.
They don't really have the eyes and triangle head area like a planaria, so I am just assuming they're nematode.

Dont mean to take over someone elses post.

I have a photo of one of the worms in post I made yesterday:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=63611
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:13 AM   #7 
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Detritus worms. Just throw them off.

And apple snails poop a lot. Stocking guideline is 2.5g per snail.
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