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    leaches in my tank

    Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by vitaly, Mar 29, 2012.

    1. vitaly

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      i have recently notice some brown leaches in my invertebrate tank. there are no fish in there only snails and shrimp.
      does anyone know if these guys are dangerous?
      i have seen them eating carnivour pellets. so i am kind of thinking that they are harmless.
       
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      I hear theyre great if you just put them on your arm and then forget about them


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      well, they stretch out pretty long and thin. can planaria do that?
      i have seen them eat pellet food
       
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      yeah they can, they go from round and fat to long and thin..

      how big are they?


      If they are planria than i have them in my tiger shrimp tanks , basically from over feeding
       
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      the biggest one was about 5inches long with a sucker on one end. i got her out, but now i have notice two smaller ones
       
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      oh wow 5 inches yeah much bigger than planria...must be leaches
       
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      Sounds like a leech. I got some in a daphnia culture as well as in my pond and an outdoor scud culture. I have seen them eating/killing snails. They will prey on invertebrates. I have not seen them harm fish but I don't think it is out of the question. What I understand is, they will suck blood, swell up, then fall off. I don't think it is enough to actually kill fish. Fish will eat them though.
       
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      Is this what you saw? [YT]VSlT-Nap0IA[/YT]
       
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      ya, i am 100% positive that they are leaches.
      are there harmless leaches? cause i've only seen them eating hikari pellets. can they eat snails or shrimp?
       

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