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Old 07-25-2014, 07:17 PM   #1 
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hitchhiker Planaria eatting diatoms ?

HEY! I have a whole bunch of the tiny white worms that only come out when the lights are off! Those Planaria! I read they come around when there is excess food which is impossible, my betta eats ALL his food, or decaying plants, which isnt possible either! I have been waiting for the diatom phase to end, do you think thats why I have them? Should I do anything? or just wait?


will they hurt my live plants if they have no other food source? is there something to put in the tank to kill them without harming my nerite snail?
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:22 PM   #2 
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They are Detritus worms, not Planaria; much different. But yes they will eat diatoms and namely they eat detritus

No they won't hurt anything.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:05 PM   #3 
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I used to have these white worms in my 10g. My betta pretty much destroyed mostly all of them. Reason I gave him the name Wormz lol.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:03 PM   #4 
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hey thanks!
They are soooo tiny my betta doesnt even see them to eat them. they are so tiny the only reason I noticed they moved because some were on the glass. they are like the size of an eyelash split into 1/4s. At first I thought it was debris from the sponges in my filter but if I looked close they were white! they are so tiny, and there are a good amount of them.

will they go away on their own!?
or will I always have them like snails? (I dont have any snails but one nerite snail)
I guess I will super gravel vac my tank I just spot graveled because I didnt want to mess up my cycle so the diatom stuff would go away
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Yeah, they'll go away. You can do a water change to get rid of them too but it doesn't matter much if they stay or not ^_^
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Yeah, they'll go away. You can do a water change to get rid of them too but it doesn't matter much if they stay or not ^_^
Thanks so much!
this is my first serious planted tank and it seems I have run into alot of weird stuff! the limpet was cute though! I kept him but who knows where he went.

does dosing flourish or excel feed / effect the population of these worms?
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Not that I've noticed :)
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