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  1. Default Strange worms in my substrate!!!


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    Hi there everyone, I'm new to this forum.

    I just started aquascaping in a Fluval Flora 30L tank since about 2 months back. Everything seems fine and plants are thriving, fish not so...

    I've recently noticed numerous strange tiny white worms and tiny white moving speck-like bugs moving on the bottom amidst the substrate. I'm attaching a macro photo I took to show what they look like.

    Anyone knows what they are and if they're harmful to the plant or the fish or both?

    Thanks in advance!
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    What's in that tank that these didn't get eaten?

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    Just an aquatic worm of some sort.
    http://www.harpercollege.edu/ls-hs/b...rms/thumb.html.
    They are in most aquariums but usually aren't seen that much. They are not dangerous to the fish and in fact many/most fish will eat them, however having that many in your tank is a good indicator that you are possibly not cleaning your gravel well enough.
    http://www.fishdeals.com/fish_diseas...a_white_worms/
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Thanks for the reassurance, guys! It's really strange cos I dont feed my fish much at all... unless someone else at home is doing double duty.

    I have not cleaned the substrate ever since setup. It's too planted, I wont be able to clean it without unrooting something in the process.

    How do you guys clean the substrate? Maybe I'm missing out on something here?

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    Sharing a picture of the tank setup.
    It's a 30L, 30cm x 30cm base, 35cm tall tank.
    The riccia in the foreground are new and thus not sprouted beyond the mesh.

    The Substrate is something called Fluval Stratum (Plant) that came with the Fluval Flora set. It's some mildly acidic dark coloured large peat-like granules. Not really the best thing to plant as the plants seem not to anchor well in it and get dislodged easily.

    Any suggestions how to effectively clean the substrate without unrooting the plants?
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    Pretty tank! Once the riccia grows in it will probably take care of the extra nutrients for you, until then just vacuum around the plants where you can. What fish do you have in there and how much/often do you feed them? A 30 liter tank is about 8 US gallons so you probably don't have many or large fish in there and I'm thinking you might be able to cut back a bit more.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Thanks for the advise. I feed very sparsely some days i go without feeding even. Maybe my domestic helper has been feeding them as well, which makes it double feeding. I'm going to just ignore the worm situation and get a puffer to deal with the snails (yes, I read that its another sign of overfeeding).

    Damn, now I'm kinda freaked out about the thought that I'm going overseas for 3 months soon... Cant imagine the state of the tank by the time I'm back. :( sigh...

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