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Old 08-11-2011, 04:46 PM   #1 
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Tiny White Worms Floating Around In Tank?

So when I got home from work earlier I noticed alot of white dusty things floating around in my betta tank. My boyfriend looked closer and he said they "white dust" things were moving. They look like they could be tiny worms but they're floating around freely in the water. Both my 2.5 gallons are "infested", I have no Idea what they are so my bettas are in QT tanks with aquarium salt just in case :(

I did recently change from water with added aq. salt to completely fresh water recently because I added plants. The thing is I also planted my 10 gal tank and that one is fine.

Does someone have an idea of what these floating wormy things are? and if they're dangerous? help plz :(
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:47 PM   #2 
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OH both the infested tanks are filtered if that helps any...
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:50 PM   #3 
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it's probably planaria or some other such creature. I don't -think- they're bad per se, but I couldn't really tell you for certain.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:50 PM   #4 
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Might be roundworms or some planaria. Neither will hurt your fish; and some might even get eaten by your betta.

Check this link for closer identification: http://www.planetinverts.com/what_is..._aquarium.html

Populations will grow if there's excess organic material for them to feed on. So just keep things tidy and you should seem them dwindle. ;)
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:54 PM   #5 
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eew. it still freaks me out. how do i get rid of them? should I try to vaccuum my substrate? cuz I havent done that since I added plants lol :/ There are seriously ALOT of them in there.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:57 PM   #6 
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Lol it wouldn't hurt. Don't expect you'll get them all; you just can't. It's alot like pest snails, their population is directly related to how well fed the tank is. Feed lightly and up your vacuum regimen and it shouldn't take long for them to dwindle.

I know it seems gross, but trust me, you won't see them forever unless you overfeed. ;)
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:16 PM   #7 
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I've got them in my tank too!!! Ewe...
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:21 PM   #8 
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my tanks clean lol.... sory not funny , iv seen them befor in my moms tank and they do look nasty lol i wouldnt wana wake up and see that in the morning if i was a fish lol, tho my lil boys apig so i could see him trying to eat them all lol
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:45 AM   #9 
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For planaria: It usually means you are overfeeding. Cut back on the food. To get rid of them, do a HUGE gravel vac and suck up as many of the buggers as you can.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:44 PM   #10 
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Might be roundworms or some planaria. Neither will hurt your fish; and some might even get eaten by your betta.

Check this link for closer identification: http://www.planetinverts.com/what_is..._aquarium.html

Populations will grow if there's excess organic material for them to feed on. So just keep things tidy and you should seem them dwindle. ;)
Thanks for the link. I believe I have hydra in my tank! Yuck!! I thought the little things attached to my tank were some sort of algae, then maybe worms, or tiny tiny tadpoles. Used your link and a magnifying glass. Looks like hydra. My betta is eating them. I had left the filter off a few hours, and when I turned it back on I could see the tiny white things coming out of side of the baffle. Your link said, they will not hurt grown fish. But I want to get rid of them NOW!

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