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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