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Thread: Planaria (sp?)

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    I read about these tiny little wiggly white worms a long time ago when I first spotted them in my tank and totally freaked at first. Can anybody tell me about these things and what it means if they are present? I think something to do with excess food/waste? I've been really good with weekly water changes in my 55 but they have appeared again. My 55 has always had something odd going on with strange fuzzy, almost film-like algae that seems to be coming under control now that I've cut back lighting by a couple hours.

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    You are correct, plarnaria will thrive when there is a lot of uneaten food or a build-up of wast at the bottom of the tank.

    Sounds like your substrate can use a better cleaning
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    From your description right now they may be planarians, annelids or free living nematodes. All are small and white, but nematodes and annelid worms look like little jiggly threads while planaria are shorter, stouter and "coast" on hard surfaces without visible body contractions. All of these are harmless decomposers in aquaria and feed on leftover food and fish waste. In a substrate with high levels of organic matter they may multiply to the point of becoming noticeable.

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    I recommend keeping them. I've always thought planaria are kind of cute...Plus, I remember that sixth grade science class where the teacher taught us how to make them grow multiple heads. You just can't buy that sort of entertainment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhistlingBadger View Post
    I recommend keeping them. I've always thought planaria are kind of cute...Plus, I remember that sixth grade science class where the teacher taught us how to make them grow multiple heads. You just can't buy that sort of entertainment.
    I FORGOT about that!...hilarious!

    "Two Headed Planaria" would be a cool name for a rock band, too
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    Wow, that's a GOOD one! ha ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    From your description right now they may be planarians, annelids or free living nematodes. All are small and white, but nematodes and annelid worms look like little jiggly threads while planaria are shorter, stouter and "coast" on hard surfaces without visible body contractions. All of these are harmless decomposers in aquaria and feed on leftover food and fish waste. In a substrate with high levels of organic matter they may multiply to the point of becoming noticeable.
    yep they are the little wiggly free floating ones. I guess I need to get under my big piece of driftwood and into the network of caves I have for my knifefish.

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    Gravel vac the substrate. Also cut back on food, an explosion in planaria population is a good a sign of overfeeding. Planaria are safe, just well unsightly I suppose. Nothing to be afraid of, fish will usually eat planaria.

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