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    Default Can't get rid of worms! Help!


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    ...I recently noticed thin, white worms while vacuuming my gravel. I did a ~30% WC and began treating with API General Cure. At the end of the treatment, the worms remained. Next, I treated with PraziPro...four days have gone by, and the worms are still present. I'm really concerned; any tips?

    More info: I'm not using a carbon filter, I tried Melafix and StressCoat concurrently with the General Cure, I do use aquarium salt...

    Tank info:
    -Fish: One mollie, one danio (...my second danio passed away just before I noticed the worms.), and one mystery snail (I dissolve calcium supplements for the snail; probably not relevant, but...)
    -Tank size: 5 gal
    -Ammonia: ~0 ppm
    -Nitrite: ~0 ppm
    -Nitrate: ~0 ppm NOTE: I JUST DID ANOTHER ~30% WC...which is why nitrate's just about undetectable; usually runs around 5-10 ppm
    pH: 6.4-6.6
    -other equipment: a heater
    -I use Amquel or Prime to condition water for the tank
    -I have a few shells and plastic plants

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    Worms in the gravel are in all likelihood harmless detritus feeders. Analogous to terrestrial earthworms they feed on decaying organic matter within the gravel of your aquarium. Large noticeable populations indicate an excess of organic matter and a corresponding need for more thorough gravel vacuuming. Otherwise, they are benign and near-impossible to get rid off so you may as well get used to them.

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    ...I hope so. (I was feeding more frequently because I assumed that my fish had parasitic worms...) One more thing, though: the danio looks thinner than she did before I noticed the worms. (and not just the curve of her belly, either; around the anal fin...just generally thinner. It's quite concerning...)

    Thank you for responding. I love my fish, and I've been worried out of my mind.

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    Definitely a result of overfeeding.

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    The (usualy) whitish thin thready worms will reduce in numbers when their food supply is reduced so you can do some heavy gravel cleaning and cut down on food. You won't get rid of them 100% but the numbers will dwindle enough so you won't notice them swimming around, they will stay in the substrate.
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    if the detritus worms bother you, remove ~25% of the substrate and do a 50% water change and vacuum the remaining substrate each time until all the substrate is removed. Let the substrate dry out side in a single flat layer. Vacuum the bottom thoroughly.

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    ...if the worms are harmless, I don't have a problem with leaving them in the tank. =)

    I do have one more concern: there's a small patch of scales on my molly's "chest" (she's a balloon molly...I mean the area of belly just beneath the head) where some of the scales are discolored. They're tinged with brown...After some searching on the web, I can't find a diagnosis/any information that seems to match up with her condition...can anyone help?

    Thanks again, you all...I'll take some photos of the mollie and the skinny danio when I get back home this evening. =D

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    Pics will definitely help.
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