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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Freaked out - hitchhiker worms from a plant!

So, I ordered some java moss online from a seller who had great reviews and guaranteed the plants to be snail-free. No reviewers mentioned snails so I figured I was safe and after QT-ing the moss for a day or so, didn't see anything and added it into my tank. Now, a couple days later, I've spotted thin little worms! I HATE bugs and things and am terrified currently. I've been fishless cycling my tank. I do not believe that they are planaria worms, they appear more like nematodes? They are clear, a couple mm in length at most, and move by extending their heads almost? I did a 50% water change today using my siphon when I noticed them.

I'm freaking out currently and it's making me want to just dump the entire thing but I know that starting the cycling process over would be difficult. I'm really upset about this and have no idea what I need to do. I was hoping to bring home a betta soon, but I really want to eradicate this before, especially if there's any chance they could harm my fish. There's no food in my fish tank and I thought detritus worms only show up if you're behind on maintenance or overfeeding.

If I do decide to start over (I know this might seem excessive, but I really am anxious about these and feel so uncomfortable right now), how could I sterilize my gravel and the fake plants I have?

Sorry this is long, and sorry if this isn't the right section, I just don't know what to do at all and am really overwhelmed.

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Can you post a picture? It can just be startup worms.. how long have you been cycling?
Btw if u add a fish they will probably just eat the worms.. got a guppy or some other small fish to put in there for the moment?
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Can you post a picture? It can just be startup worms.. how long have you been cycling?
Btw if u add a fish they will probably just eat the worms.. got a guppy or some other small fish to put in there for the moment?
I should be able to try to get a picture later and update with that. They're wriggly, white ish, look like teeny hairs almost, and some were on the glass inching almost. I'm just confused how I could have issues with these if I'm not even feeding a fish yet, as I thought that would be the main contributor to waste build up issues that brings on worms.

I don't have any other fish I can add in there, but am hoping to pick up my betta soon! I've been cycling for about a month ish, but I got some filter media from an established tank that helped a lot. It seems like my cycle is done now, parameter wise.

I'm just freaking out because I've never dealt with this before and I guess I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to bugs or creepy crawlies.

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So your got an established tank? What fish are in there?
The worms could come from there.

Btw you dont really need to do such a startup cycle with that media.. the only thing you do is kill the beneficial bacteria that is on the media cuz they dont get enough food (fishwaste and such)
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So your got an established tank? What fish are in there?
The worms could come from there.

Btw you dont really need to do such a startup cycle with that media.. the only thing you do is kill the beneficial bacteria that is on the media cuz they dont get enough food (fishwaste and such)
Originally I was cycling fishless and having to add in the bacteria on my own, but after a couple of weeks of that, I decided to try getting some from an established tank (their tank is neon tetras). Now, after getting that filter media from their tank, I still didn't ever see these worms.

It wasn't until I added in some java moss I ordered online that I now have these. The seller confirmed they were snail free, and I inspected the moss and didn't see any pest snail eggs, and didn't see the worms at all when I QT'ed it for 24 hours, so I figured it would be safe to add.

My driftwood has been getting a film on it, and I wonder if that's what they're eating? I was told the film would go away after a while.

Here's a picture! I'm assuming I've either got detritus worms or planaria
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Thats not planaria.. i had planaria in my shrimp tank. Planaria is shorter and 'fatter'. I dont know what detritus looks like.
But those worms could come from anywhere.. the big problem is that when u see 1 there are probably a lot more you cant see. I would try and get a fish from an other tank and place it in really.. they will probably eat the worms
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If you put a fish in their, they will eat the worms. Then you wouldn't need to worry.

I have worms in my Betta tank, they assist in breaking down the mater and I never see them above the gravel, because the betta eats them.

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