I had a ghost shrimp with a big white nematode inside it. At first I didn't realize what was wrong with my shrimp. The worm was all curled up inside it and I thought the shrimp was just turning white and about to die. (Although, I knew it didn't seem quite right)
So after a couple of days of watching my strange looking shrimp with the freaky white body I discovered it dead with no more freaky whiteness. I approached my tank and wondered why my beloved betta wasn't coming to greet me. 5, 10, 12 seconds passed and I was getting concerned. Bettas always greet their mamas. I started looking around the tank for him and found him preoccupied in the rear of the tank. Wonder what could possibly be more interesting then my I took a closer look. My betta was wrestling the worm with all it's might out from under the gravel. He had the thing stretched out like a rubberband a good 4 - 5 inches.
I freaked, not knowing what would happen if he ate it. (would it live and grow in him too or just be breakfast?) So I did what any terrified fishy parent would do.
I chased the betta away and yanked the worm out myself. 8O
I ended up throwing it away in the trash. But I swear, I'm still in therapy over that one. It was so gross.
anywho... thought I'd share.