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Old 09-23-2011, 09:34 PM   #11 
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Blech!!!
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:43 PM   #12 
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I googled red aquatic worm and a few other search terms but I can't handle the pics anymore. *shivers*
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:44 PM   #13 
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I dunno, those look like regular earthworms to me but that's not possible. . .

Probably nasty stuff, you should really just get a full refund and complain, how could they miss something so big, and repulsive? D:
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:50 PM   #14 
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They have a whole row, like 10 29g tanks, filled with plants galore and happy fish. I'm wondering if these things were buried in the substrate or something? I'm definitely taking the worms and the plants in though. Kinda stinks, I wanted to remake one of my tanks tonight . . .

When I would pull at one, it would stretch until it looked like it was going to break and then when I let go, it thickened out again. They're so creepy.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:55 PM   #15 
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i agree with the post that these might be earth worms. i have seen them live in fully planted aquariums before since they need to stay moist and in some aquariums, if the substrate is deep enough, there could still be dry pockets in them. but they would not last very long. were they still alive? were they at the top or in the roots?

either way i also agree with taking the plants back and seeing what the lps says about what they inadvertently sold you.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:04 PM   #16 
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regalesse, yes, they were definitely still alive. I found them both weaving around the stems of one plant but they were close to the base than the top. Are earthworms typically that red? They're blood red. But super long, too long to be blodworms.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:14 PM   #17 
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yes. they are that red here. i personally keep an emersed growth tank with very large american sword plants. when i got the plants, i had harvested them out of the wild along the banks of many of the streams here. i planted them in the tanks leaving the dirt on the roots that they were harvested with and have found the worms later on after doing a rescape. so it is possible that they are earth worms.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:20 PM   #18 
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umm from that one pic they really kinda look like Tubifex worms.. that are harmless, but id still take the plants back just to make sure
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:37 PM   #19 
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Eww. Yeah, they could be earthworms or tubifex worms. Thanks regalesse and SassyBetta.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:41 PM   #20 
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Found it hope it helped

Bloodworms Family Chironomidae
Danger: Harmless. Turn into annoying insects.
How it gets into your tank: Live food.
Size: ≤ .5inch
Bloodworms are the larvae of non-biting midges often sold as live food. Float around at the surface. Link.
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