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    Hey guys, didnt know where to post this so I did it here. I need some help identifying my new friends in the aquarium. They measure from 5-10 mm approx, are white in color, u see them happily floating around not moving (probably a technique to avoid being eaten by fish) but they like to lurk on some algae and such. This tank is 3 weeks old, has plants from different places and I just finished cycling it. No fish, no inverts that I put on purpose, only freshwater limpets that came with some plants. I have plenty diatoms and plenty algae which is now slowly beginning to die. CO2, crappy lights at 40 lumen per liter, 96 liter aquarium 25 gals. Here is a video of one of them, its at 40x magnification, couldnt use better light cuz it freaked up and moves REALLY fast and I have to keep the camera with my hands over the eyepiece, cant pan around while filming.


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    Some sort of nematode is my guess

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    That is an annelid worm. The distinguishing characteristics are the chaetae (the hairs you see) as well as the peristaltic "earthwormy" motion. Nematodes on the other hand usually have a smooth cuticle (skin) and only have longitudinal muscle. The motion of nematodes thus resembles a figure-8 or a snakelike side-to side movement as they are unable to contract their bodies. If you've ever seen microworms or vinegar eels swim, they are good representatives of nematode motion.

    The good news is that the worm is most likely a harmless scavenger and completely edible to your fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    The description of the behavior is perfect, the picture too, shape, color and stuff. The only thing that doesn't match is the size, this one is larger. This is an average one:

    IMG_20161124_005446.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    That is an annelid worm. The distinguishing characteristics are the chaetae (the hairs you see) as well as the peristaltic "earthwormy" motion. Nematodes on the other hand usually have a smooth cuticle (skin) and only have longitudinal muscle. The motion of nematodes thus resembles a figure-8 or a snakelike side-to side movement as they are unable to contract their bodies. If you've ever seen microworms or vinegar eels swim, they are good representatives of nematode motion.

    The good news is that the worm is most likely a harmless scavenger and completely edible to your fish.
    Thank you very much. Is it a kind of detritus worm? seems to be eating algae.

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    they are likely detritivores.

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    This may be a more specific identification.

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    waaaah thatd cheating, he can pan while filming, I want My EOS rebel back to fit it on the microscope =(.

    Thanks a lot for the help

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    And you were right, the Neons are having an awesome time exterminating them, I hope they dont extinguish them, loving the free live food but at this ratio they surely will extinguish them

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    Problem answered, problem solved.

    There's other live foods you can offer, but "free" ones are always nice.
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