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  1. johan008

    johan008 Active Member

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    Hi everyone

    Could someone please ID the below images.

    Sorry it's not the best photos but this worm is quite small.

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    Looks like it has some branches, maybe hydra.
    Did you find it moving, floating or anchored?
     
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    Hi Olivier

    I found this in some plants I received, this is a free swimming worm. I know it's not Hydra and it swims up and down.

    I think it might be Planaria but might be wrong.
     
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    Sorry I believe that something might be stuck around it.
     
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    More likely nematodes!



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    Thanks Nate

    I Googled nematodes, and it seems like we getting closer.

    So now the question is can I use the plants ?

    Is there a way of getting rid of the nematodes ?
     
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    It's hard to narrow down what exactly it is (at least for me), but either way I doubt you'd want that in your tank. For stronger, hardier plants, bleach or a strong salt solution. For others, potassium permanganate. The few times I've done this, it's been a less than a minute soak. But no problems thus far?

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    They harmless,

    What type of plants do you have? If strong they could do with a bleach dip. Nematodes are not bad at all. I'll add the plants





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    Thanks Nate but...

    I would feel much better if I give them a quick dip as suggested SalmonAfrica, it's just that I don't want to infect the entire tank.

    @SalmonAfrica

    I found this, how do you you dip your plants ?

    Plant disinfecting
    To prepare for the disinfecting of aquatic plants, prepare 1 Litres (0.3 US G.) of lukewarm (25°C (77°F) ) clean tap water and drop 10 mg of crystals into it and stir until the solution turns deep blue/purple.

    Be careful as this solution will stain and is toxic to life.

    Dip the leaves of the plant into the solution for 10 minutes, being careful not to dip the roots of the plant in it.

    Then rinse off thoroughly.

    This will kill live snails as well as snail eggs and parasites [1].
     
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    When I did disinfecting rounds (and in my case, it was primarily for snails), I had my smaller container for the dip, and slowly added the permanganate until it was reasonably purple. Plants went in leaves first, roots up (but didn't stress if a bit of root made it into the solution). Left it in there while I did other things, but it was maybe at most a few minutes, but honestly it was pretty quick. Then run them under a tap to wash off any solution and knock off the dead things.

    Nothing scientific about that process at all, and it has been quite a while since I did a permanganate dip. Most plants I worked with since were hardier types, using other dips. My last batch I wanted to keep any hitchhikers, for curiosity sake and skipped the dip. Got hydra and a few snail species! Very interesting but not necessarily what everyone wants.
     
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    Free swimming is most likely nematodes. Most fish will eat them.
     
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    I have a small 15lt tank, I will put the plants in there for now and keep an eye on them and see what happens.

    Maybe we can get a better images and get a positive identification, thanks to all the input.
     
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    Its a detritus worm, totally harmless and good protein for fish.
    Its not Hydra nor planaria

    I get these in my shrimp tanks' substrate
     

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