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Old 27th September 2018   #1
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Default NEED HELP ... found worms in tank

Hey everyone so I need some help. I just upgraded one of my axolotls from a 10 gallon to a 20 gallon and after I made the switch I noticed tiny white whippy worms and white little parasites in her tank. I went and looked at the old tank and there are a lot that I never noticed. I need to know what to do about them. From people I talked to they say treat the axolotl. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Photos attached.
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Have a read of this: https://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/Tank_critters.shtml



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Default Re: NEED HELP ... found worms in tank

Hi eveaxolotl. I literally had the same issue and was in a panic three days ago. I've attached a picture of what I found (tried to at least). Please ignore the dried water stains. Your issue is more than likely planaria. Don't panic, this is actually a good thing! It means you are building a natural, functional ecosystem in your aquarium that will keep your axolotl healthy in the long term. They won't directly hurt your axolotl, but since they live off of uneaten food, an outbreak may mean you should either clean the tank more often or feed less often, or both. My buddy is super messy when he eats, so since my recent planaria outbreak, I vacuumed his tank and put a little sushi soy-sauce dish in the bottom of his tank to reduce mess. I saw a drastic reduction in days.

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