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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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    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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