What are these worms in my tank?

senegalrb

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YOURE FLAT AND ROUND!
lol yes I suppose you are probably correct but either way are the same in terms of tank health and reasons for being haha.

I've been calling them planaria for so long its locked in my head now haha.
Thank you guys atleast i can have a peace of mind knowing these buggers wont puncture thru my skin and eat me alive lol.
 
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adamsfishes

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I have these too. My tank is pretty clean. Not sure where they came from. They actually live on the surface of the sword plant leaves where little bits of detritus collect. The fish eat them when I stir them up into the water. I'd rather they were not there, but I don't really see what can be done about it.
 
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Deadliestviper7

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The detritus worms r harmless and aren't necessarily from over feeding, they occur most commonly in planted tanks, if u don't like them a geophagus will probably eat them.
 

adamsfishes

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My fish eat them if I stir them out, but they don't look for them in the plants for some reason.
 

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They are called "grindal worms" and are completely harmless. Many fishkeepers culture them for their baby fish. I'll bet if you disturb your filter media you'll see a few spill into the tank. They also like to live in the tank just above the water line.

But if you have a ton of em then it could be due to overfeeding. A few of my tanks have them and I think they're great!
 
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