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Something untoward in the tank?

Post by KalandraJane on Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:10 pm

Today, I saw some sort of worm in the divided tank. It was the size and shape of the ones that live up dogs' bottoms, except it had a reddish hue at the centre. I thought it was a bit of uneaten bloodworm at first, but it floated over to the moss ball and proceeded to burrow into it and slip inside!!! Anybody know what it could be?

Also, there seem to be some sort of eggs in there. At first I though the green laser corys might have spawned, but my boyfriend said they definitely weren't cory eggs as his are always spawning. The eggs are square-looking, about 2mm across and have a white dot in the centre of clear jelly, and are individually deposited on the roots of an anubias as well as a few up the corner of the glass. Could they possibly be from my assassin snail? I got it about a week ago so it could have been holding eggs/storing sperm. They're only in one section, which just contains the snail, a male betta and two corys.

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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by 2tall on Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:36 pm

I have no idea KJ. You know more than I do. Were you able to remove the worm? Do you think the worm came with the moss ball? I know I'd be scared more witless than I already am! Myself, I think I'd be tempted to remove the moss ball and replace it.

I'm speculating that those very well could be snail eggs since they are confined to the same section where the snail is.

In any event someone will know and I wish safe wellness!
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by silverrabbit on Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:21 pm

Eugh, sounds freaky! I wish I could help but I have no idea! Could it be some kind of leech?
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by KalandraJane on Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:08 pm

Blargh, I hope not, I dislike leeches intensely.

I have no idea where the worm might have come from, the tank is heavily planted with plants from various sources and it's the divided tank so the water flows through all sections. Actually, I would say the moss ball is probably the least likely source of the worm, as it came from my boyfriend's community tank where it had been for a couple of years and no plants or fish had been added for months.

Hmm, maybe I will have baby assassin snails and will be giving them away to you all soon then! In the meantime it looks like I will have to keep an eye out to make sure the worm is not parasitic, or mulitplying. I don't mind it being there if it's just a nematode or something, hopefully it's not anything more sinister.
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Post by Mesatalia on Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:39 pm

Perhaps do a google search and see if you can find a picture of the worm and go from there to find out more info about it?
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by liz2 on Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:32 am

is it planaria? little worms that come from overfeeding? Shocked
ok after reading your thread properly I don't think it is, hopefully someone can sort it out for you x
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by KalandraJane on Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:55 am

No it's definitely not planaria, the worm was larger. I haven't seen it since, hopefully it's not anything to worry about.
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by 2tall on Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:57 am

I hope so too!
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by Kamaljot on Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:36 am

A roundworm? But I cant see how it may have got in their..

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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by KalandraJane on Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:34 pm

Well considering my dog is wormed and I don't have worms I doubt that :P
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by 2tall on Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:47 pm

Have you tried gently picking through the moss ball to see if you can find and remove it? Just trying to be of assistance. Hopefully its a loner whatever it is.
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by Kamaljot on Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:18 am

Contaminated water and soil also carry roundworm eggs..

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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by silverrabbit on Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:41 am

If it's small and wriggly enough the betta might eat it sick
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by KalandraJane on Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:36 am

I was thinking that... Citizen Fish eyed it suspiciously as it went past! I've not seen it at all since, so hopefully it was a loner. I'm pretty sure roundworm need to be inside a warm body to hatch, and I have a synthetic gravel substrate (Unipac black) and only conditioned tapwater has gone in.

The only new resident recently was an assassin snail but it seems to be very healthy, so I don't think it was carrying a parasite. It's a mystery! If the worm popped out again I think it might have been gobbled up by now anyway.
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by jessie1602 on Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:33 am

Hi Kally.

It sounds like it could be tubifex. I have no idea how, but sometimes I find these in my tank and I've never fed them to my fish EVER. They're harmless and most bettas will just eat them, as they're considered live food. Tubifex have some red in them. I find them mostly in my fry tanks as there's quite alot of food in there. They've never harmed any of my fish and I just hoover them up when I'm siphoning. I found out about them from this article:

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No idea about the eggs though, can only assume they're from the snail, sounds a bit gross though sick LOL.

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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by silverrabbit on Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:11 pm

OMG tubifex look totally gross sick i don't think i could face feeding them to fish!
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by KalandraJane on Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:32 pm

Blargh, the worst is when they are rolling around in a ball in the plastic bags... I've never fed them.

Still no worm updates... I thought I had caught it when I did a water change, but it turned out to be a bit of root in the bucket, the worm remains at large.
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Re: Something untoward in the tank?

Post by 2tall on Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:09 pm

As long as it stays a loner. Ones more than enough! Maybe eaten by now.
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