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    Default Help. Worms in my tank. No fish, tank still cycling.


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    So I was checking up on my 29 gallon tank today, when I saw this.

    It looks like the worms have been growing out of those egg things you see on the coconut. What are these worms and are they bad?
    My tank is cycling, no fish yet. Plants have been introduced from multiple places, craigslist, my betta tank, petco. There are also very very small white things jumping around the bottom. Looks like little specs of white dirt jumping and swimming around. My substrate is eco complete.

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    If you bury that coconut like that it will rott quite fast. Don't panic, fish will eat the worms and the dots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    If you bury that coconut like that it will rott quite fast. Don't panic, fish will eat the worms and the dots.
    Thank you so much, that sounds very reassuring. Do you know what kind of worms are those? Using Google, they look like blood worms, but the only blood worms I have bought so far are frozen ones that I feed to my bettas in another tank. I'm really scared of parasitic worms.

    Also, I got the coconut idea while looking up a DIY shrimp shelter. Will the coconut continue to rot over time, or did I miss a step to prevent rotting?

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    Looks indeed like bloodworm. As a shrkmp shelter it will work but so would some pipe or half of a small flowerpot.

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    Did you boil the coconut before putting it in the tank? I would remove it and boil it to kill those worms. No one wants worms in their tank.

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    I would want these. Nothing wrong with free food. Also boiling will do nothing for the slow decomposition of the coconut.

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    Alright, so my tank is done cycling and I got 5 yoyo loaches, and so far I havn't seen a single worm. I have another problem that needs advice.
    I bought 10 neon tetras for 1$ each thinking it was a good deal. When I got home, I inspected them, and saw 4 of them have white spots. I suspect Ich and now they're in a temporary 1 gallon bowl. I bought some Ich treatment and started treating them in that bowl. I know that that's a poor decision, but I'm not sure that putting them into my main tank with the loaches is better. (I heard loaches are very susceptible to Ich. I also have a 10 gallon with 5 female bettas right now. What should I do? I was thinking about putting a tank divider in the 10g and treating the tetras in there.

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    Loaches tend to make a meal out of a lot things that crawl in the bottom of a tank.

    Why not return the tetras? You're making the shop's problem your own. A storage container also makes a good temporary treatment tank.

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    I did not know that you can return fish. Well I went to the LFS and exchanged for 6 Rummy Nose Tetras. I always thought livestock can't be returned. Thanks.

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    Depends on where you are. In the US of A it seems to be fairly common.

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