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Old 07-08-2013, 08:12 PM   #1 
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white worms on glass and in gravel

I have a 6 gallon tank with one betta, hornwort 3 amazon swords gravel bottom under gravel filter and a regular 3 gallon filter that I put in today, I have these little worms maybe 1/8 inch at the longest amd very skinny floating around all over in my tank sticking to my glass moving around and all over in my gravel, anyone know what this may be and what can I do to get rid of it? Thanks in advance
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All I can think of are Planarians or Nematodes. If you bother them, do they get shorter and fatter, or do they just stay the same shape? Any way you can get pictures? If it is either one of those, they are pretty much harmless, you just may be overfeeding, or not removing decaying matter quickly enough.

Come to think of it, you said they were floating all around -- if you mean kind of swimming, then it's probably nematodes.

Either way, 100% water change, gravel scrub, and trim dead leaves from any plants. No food: No worms.

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I just disturbed a few of them and they do get shorter and fatter when I diturb them, I hate to have to recycle my tank and all but I think I may do the 100% water change and rock scrub, I just clipped my plants yesterday and thats when I noticed the worms
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I cant post pics on a thread for some reason but I have a pic in my profile under the album "george"
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And they dont really swim they just kinda float
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I'm going to lean towards planarians. You can get rid of them with fenbendazole, but I don't know how safe it is for the Betta. I know it's okay for most shrimp, though. Still, cleaning the tank is the best way to get rid of the majority of them now.
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Thanks! Your advice really helped!
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I don't know a ton about Bettas, but I've had tanks all my life, so I've seen just about every disease, critter and yucky in a tank. I'm glad I could help.
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I had these little critters while I was cycling my tank. It was because I did the shrimp method, which involves lots of nasty decaying stuff

Just vacuum the substrate, keep it fairly clean, and they should start to die off.
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