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Old 02-24-2011, 07:53 AM   #1 
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Is this planaria? (picture)

I have finally got a decent photo of one of the little worm things living in and above the water in my tank.

So, do you think it is planaria? or something else?
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:24 AM   #2 
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It could be or a nematoad of some type....have you ever seen it swim or does it only crawl on the glass, does it flatten out or swim like its skimming the surface of the water.....seen any come out of the filter? do you have a lot of leaf over food in the tank?
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:39 AM   #3 
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I tried to touch that one with my net, and it swam off into the water in a squiggly squirmy kinda way. I haven't seen them come out of the filter, and I never leave any food in my tank. I feed my betta Cleo 4-5 pellets throughout the day and I only drop 1 in at a time let him eat it and then i'll give him another and I make sure he eats it. I have been trying my best to scoop them out during my 50% water changes, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. I noticed they like to hang out on the glass alot or at the surface of the water. I had one of my anubias leaves up at the top of my tank the other day as a little haamock for my fish and there were 4or 5 hanging out on top of the leaf in the morning.
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Thats a great photo by the way....forgot to tell you that in the first post....

It sounds like planaria by the way it swims and hangs on the glass...nematoads can be seen swimming in a "S" like patten in the water or sticking out of the substrate usually....both are generally harmless and just part of your little ecosystem in a glass/acrylic box......
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:53 AM   #5 
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hehe ewwww xD I've never had strange worms in my tank, and i hope it doesnt happen. Good luck with them, i really dont know what it is
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:10 PM   #6 
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man I hope I never get planaria those pictures of it really creeps me out I would seriously cry everytime I would have to go near the tank lol
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:42 PM   #7 
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I was eating lunch when I first saw this....eeeeeeeek! Worms really freak me out..lol.

I think most people would say.."Free betta food"!! There was one picture around here where the substrate was just infested with them...again...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!....l ol.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:51 PM   #8 
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O_o

Ew. lol
I think works are cute so I don't fish with them, but worms underwater just creep me out...I think because they remind me of parasites and such, haha
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Thats a great photo by the way....forgot to tell you that in the first post....

It sounds like planaria by the way it swims and hangs on the glass...nematoads can be seen swimming in a "S" like patten in the water or sticking out of the substrate usually....both are generally harmless and just part of your little ecosystem in a glass/acrylic box......

That is good to know they are harmless.

So nematodes wont hurt or bother my fish?


I guess I am ok with them being in my tank as long as they are not hurting my fish or anything, even though my OCD is telling me to get rid of them!


So, I will probably just wear gloves while cleaning the tank from now on.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:24 PM   #10 
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I was eating lunch when I first saw this....eeeeeeeek! Worms really freak me out..lol.

I think most people would say.."Free betta food"!! There was one picture around here where the substrate was just infested with them...again...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!....l ol.

so sorry!
I would probably be saying yay "free betta food!" However I don't think my fish is eating them. He...just...kind..of..hangs....out with them...
I am going to be getting a few cherry shrimps as soon as I can to see if they will help out on eating some of them.
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