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Old 07-05-2004, 05:42 PM   #1
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white worms? how do i kill them?

My tank was looking cloudy, and then i noticed these worms about 2mm in size stuck to everything in my tank, i tried some medicine, and thought they died, but then the babies all came back and turn big, and attatcvh themselves, and go away, and so on and so on.... ive tried killing them many times, what are they and how do i get rid of them...


i have a yellow cichlid, and and figure 8 puffer, with a live argentine sword, in a 10 gal tank. they seem like they are rubbing against things, and i dont think they like the worms... but does anyone know what it is, and how to get rid of them...? Thank you!!!

also my chemical balance seems good, every week i test it, and i clean it about every 2 weeks, more for a while, cuz i thought i could clean out the worms, but that wasnt the case....
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Sounds like you might be overfeeding..and your worms could be planaria. They thrive on excess nutrients in the tank. When you clean, do you do a gravel vaccuum?

Generally, they are harmless, but can become unsightly when out of control. I would sugesst doing a gravel vac. and changing a little of your water..after you clean the worms off of your glass and decorations by scrubbing them off.

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sounds to me like you need to feed less, change water 1 time a week, and get atleast a 20 gal. the kind of fish you have will need a larger tank. big tank+few fish=no worms!!!(most likly)
ps most worms are harmless
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yah, i know its a small tank. i have plans to go 29 gal soon. but i can see where overfeeding might be the problem, bcuz the little gumdrop frozen food has so much, and i put the whole thing in, any tips on how to put the food in, and be able to pull out the unused portion?, or how to feed them less frozen food from the gum drops?

and yes, i do use a gravel vac to clean it out, normally i change about 4 gal.

i guess i just need to spend a litte more time being careful about feeding, ive always just kinda ya-whatevered it, and never had any problems...

PETCO kept insisting it was over population, which really bugged me. thanks! this place is the best!
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Take a medicine cup and scoop some tank water into it. Put the frozen food in to soak until it melts, then dump it in. What isnt eaten in approx. 5 minutes, scoop out with a net. And keep vaccuming once a week. I hope this helps. Good luck!
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i guess i just need to spend a litte more time being careful about feeding, ive always just kinda ya-whatevered it, and never had any problems...
Tisk, Tisk, lol. Just kidding.

This seems to me like it could be your problem, just simple overfeeding. Cut back, and you should have no problem at all. Also, regular gravel vacs are good, but make sure you don't gravel vac too well, and take all the bacteria out of your gravel. This is especially important if you haven't cycled your tank. Just do half one week, and half the next...or just a sparse cleaning on the whole gravel bed.
You'll get a feel soon of how dirty the fish are, what the best way to do it is, etc.

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well, ive been runing it for about 10 months now... im learning, slowly, i mean, im not dumb, but i havent studied up on aquariums too much either... i plan to spen lots more time here reading the articles. ive found you can learn alot from other peoples mistakes, lol... thanks again!
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I have some of the Gum Drop frozen food. My fish only get it on the rare occasion when I feel like it, usually during a holiday. I cut off little pieces with a clean knife and drop them in the tank. The fish eat it pretty quick, then I put another piece in. Once a few minutes has gone by, I throw the rest of the Gum Drop away.
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