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I bought my 2 oscars some feeder fish for first time on saturday morning , which they loved , they were due for a water change wich I did after feeder fish were all eaten ( about 30 min) this morning when giving them some breakfast ( predator pellets) I noticed lots of small worm like critters on front glass of tank . Can someone please advise me what these worms may be and if they are a parasite would they have come from feeder fish ? And what I should do next ?


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Planaria are harmless and usually a result over feeding thus causing a spike in the population. Just reduce the amount you feed and make sure no excess food is left in the tank. Give the gravel a good siphon ( may take a few gravel washes) to reduce the population.
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DannytheDonkey wrote: its planaria. bleach the tank. A better soultion would be to drop some chrolrine pills the use in pools.


Not sure what your intentions are by giving this type of advice, but it's certainly inappropriate when someone is seeking a real solution.

It is likely planaria which are harmless. They feed off excess food and waste in the tank. Getting rid of them is difficult but can be done with intensive gravel vacs and rinsing of filters (in tank water only). Then making sure to remove all uneaten food in the future and weekly gravel vacs will keep them under control. :)
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I hope you didn`t take the advice about bleach and chlorine :(

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this dannythedonkey feller needs a f****n slap..
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Adam74 wrote: I bought my 2 oscars some feeder fish for first time on saturday morning , which they loved , they were due for a water change wich I did after feeder fish were all eaten ( about 30 min) this morning when giving them some breakfast ( predator pellets) I noticed lots of small worm like critters on front glass of tank . Can someone please advise me what these worms may be and if they are a parasite would they have come from feeder fish ? And what I should do next ?

If you are worried about parasites, don't EVER,EVER, EVER give your Oscars feeder fish. That's one sure way to give them an infestation of a whole range of parasites. Some people do breed livebearers for this purpose, and although this might be safer under rigid breeding conditions, I really don't recommend that either. If you don't give them a food that could carry a multitude of water-bourne pathogens, they won't get them. Try nightcrawlers or earthworms. Great source of protein, safe, & predatory fish love 'em!! :evil:


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WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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DannytheDonkey wrote:

its planaria. bleach the tank. A better soultion would be to drop some chrolrine pills the use in pools.

And while you're at it, Dr. Frankenstein, why not run a zillion jigawatts of electricity through the water as well? Just to be sure you got 'em?

THOSE WHO REFUSE KNOWLEDGE ARE DOOMED TO FAIL.

WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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bassetman replied the topic: Re: Parasite ?

good advice from fishguy, feeders are not necessary, they have zilch for nutrition and are the primary cause of most parasite infections. feeders are often raise in horrible conditions, many will not live long enough to quarantine. stick to pellets and some frozen treats now and then.


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cotoandpaxi replied the topic: Re: Parasite ?

I had this happen in my tank, yes these people are right its parasites. caused by overfeeding and excessive waste. I used the product "quick cure" it eliminates ick, and protozoan parasites. this might fix you up, either that or just dont feed them as much, definetly stop feeding them feeder fish, and make more water changes
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