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Old 05-18-2010, 02:57 PM   #1 
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FREAKING OUT - this is grossing me out

I found this little white wiggly worm like thing in my 3 gallon (with one male betta) when doing a WC a few minutes ago. It's about 1/4 long and white and skinny. i tried to take pics but I think they look more like a hair than a worm. is this a parasite???? i have live plants and a nerite snail in there as well. and due to heater shortage, I didn't QT the snail properly. I know i know, please don't ream me out.

please help!! i am freaking out!! i have serious issues with bugs and possible infestations!!



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Old 05-18-2010, 03:09 PM   #2 
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please tell me it's harmless!!! I'm sooooo freaking out!!
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:13 PM   #3 
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It looks like a planaria? You can google it to be sure. They eat leftover food in gravel. Gravel vac every day for like a week.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:16 PM   #4 
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I just found this about planaria. It does kind of look like it. I didn't think I fed him too much (too little, I thought, since he tends to get constipated easily). Could it also be a coincidence that they just showed up when I stopped using AQ salt?
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:19 PM   #5 
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I think mine was closer to .5 inches though...
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:25 PM   #6 
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I don't know. I have them too and Whiskey only gets 6 pellets a day. Mine also showed up after I added a snail, so I attributed it to snail poo and a lot of green algae in his tank. I don't worry about them. He gets a 50% change weekly and a vacuum. There used to be a lot more and now there are maybe two or three per side on the glass. I'm sure they're there to do some kinda job.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:27 PM   #7 
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few ok. Man, I was really freaking out. These kinds of things just gross me out (and such things as fleas, and ticks). THANK YOU!!!
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:29 PM   #8 
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As long as it's wiggling around on the glass and not going after your fish, not to worry. :P

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Old 05-18-2010, 03:32 PM   #9 
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Yeah it was wiggling around in the water, but that was because I was pouring the water in from a pitcher. I inspected him thoroughly before putting him back in and didn't see anything hanging from. Plus he's right next to my computer so I see him more than any of the other guys, and haven't seen anything hanging out.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:23 PM   #10 
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Aww~ from what I read on the website, they live in the same habitat as bettas and dont eat fish scales.
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