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Hi guys so I have a 50 gallon planted tank and today I noticed some worms in my tank in the substrate. My fish don't really show any signs of disease and I haven't had die off, But I'm not sure if these worms are something to be worried about or not.  I know that a lot of planted tanks get Detritus Worms I'm just sucky at identifying them from harmful worms haha 

 

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Hi guys so I have a 50 gallon planted tank and today I noticed some worms in my tank in the substrate. My fish don't really show any signs of disease and I haven't had die off, But I'm not sure if these worms are something to be worried about or not. I know that a lot of planted tanks get Detritus Worms I'm just sucky at identifying them from harmful worms haha

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These look more like large detritus worms to me than leeches; but then I'm no expert on worms I just slept at the Howard Johnson years ago. So you don't have to just take our best guess here are some links that might be helpful:

https://fishtankmag.com/worms-in-fish-tank/

https://www.tankarium.com/worms-in-tanks/

https://www.aquariumsource.com/detritus-worms/

 

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I'm with @Colu - the one on the left has it's read end anchored and is moving it's smaller head/mouth back and forth which is typical of a leech (not exclusively however).  There are some species of leeches that prey on worms and inverts and leave fish alone so they may possibly be one of those species.  Can you post some more pics of them (especially the heads)?

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3 hours ago, Shardies said:

crap hahah any idea what to do for leeches ? I don't see any on my fish at all and everyone looks great. I only notice them in the substrate too only like 6 of them tops

 

It looks like Planaria traps are effective at catching just about any worm like thing when baited apppropriately.  I found this primer on leeches and worms (hold off looking at it if you just ate something) that might help you rule out and/or ID what your critters are.

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2 hours ago, NanoNano said:

 

It looks like Planaria traps are effective at catching just about any worm like thing when baited apppropriately.  I found this primer on leeches and worms (hold off looking at it if you just ate something) that might help you rule out and/or ID what your critters are.

I work in an ER so I have an Iron stomach. I'm checking it out right now and I did buy a worm trap that I'm dropping in as soon as it gets here. just not sure what to bait it with really. I will post some more pics of the head as soon as I get a chance thank you guys so much for all the advice. 

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On 6/10/2021 at 9:47 PM, Shardies said:

I work in an ER so I have an Iron stomach. I'm checking it out right now and I did buy a worm trap that I'm dropping in as soon as it gets here. just not sure what to bait it with really.

Most people seem to have success baiting their traps with standard protein rich fish food. A small piece of sinking wafer for bottom feeders would likely do the trick nicely.

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