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Old 06-09-2012, 04:07 PM   #1 
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Question Weird things...

Not sure if this is the right place for it, but...

My dad has a tank (about 20 gal. I believe) in his office that's filled with guppies and platies and their bazillion offspring.

It's...pretty dirty. The gravel is, at least. The tank is planted with a huge amazon sword and something else i'm not sure of, but the bottom has a lot of gunk and uneaten food.

Anyway, the point is, I've noticed my dad's tank has these weird...worm things...in the gravel. They pop out when the fish are being fed.
They're pretty big actually, for worms, the biggest I saw was about 2 inches or so.

They look kinda like...fish poo tbh. Same colour anyway, and they're long and more on the thin side.

I don't think they attack or harm the fish, not that I've seen. The fish will occasionally bite them and they'll retreat to the gravel, but I haven't seen the worms harming the fish physically.

Still, they're really gross and i'd like to know what they are and if we can get rid of them.
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:13 PM   #2 
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Sounds gross. Too big to be bloodworms, maybe they are black worms? O.o
The best thing to do is stir up the gravel, vacuum well. Some will say not to disturb gravel, but a one time cleaning would be for the best. You want to limit the amount of food getting to the bottom to prevent this from happening again..
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:39 PM   #3 
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Looking at it on google, they do look pretty similar...

I have no idea how they were introduced to the tank, though. My dad only feeds his fish flakes.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:52 PM   #4 
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Gah. They can come in from tap water even as eggs. There was just enough food for them to colonize the tank.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:06 PM   #5 
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Never drinking from the tap again...

Well, thanks. When my dad comes back we'll probably clean it together. It's way too high for me to reach by myself, lol.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:23 PM   #7 
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the things in tap water!
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:34 PM   #8 
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um.. ew.. I drink tap water... BLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH HHHHH!!!! *starts vomiting feeling little slimy things*
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the things in tap water!
Good name for a horror movie.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:56 PM   #10 
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seriously? in tap water? oh my lord... i feel sick now... :(
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