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Old 17th August 2009   #1
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Default White worms on glass?

I just found today that there is a large population of white worm looking creatures probably between 1 and 4mm long. I have attached pictures to help you guys figure out what they are. They seem to only be on the glass and other surfaces in the tank not the axolotls themselves. They also are more populous in the end of the tank without the filter. If anyone knows what they are, if they are harmful or how to treat them please let me know.
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Old 17th August 2009   #2
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Default Re: White worms on glass?

They look like planaria. They are generally harmless and can be left in the tank. Have a read through this link.

http://www.caudata.org/cc/articles/Tank_critters.shtml

If you really want to get rid of them. You can try the following method.

You can choose to bait planaria. Scraped beef is put into a gauze sac and hung among plants and close to the gravel. Light should be switched off. The gauze sac will attract Planaria that will gather on it in a few hours. The sac is removed from the aquarium (hold the net under the sac to prevent Planaria falling back into the aquarium) and put into boiling water. Repeat this for several evenings to ensure that young planaria that have hatched from eggs are eradicated.






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Default Re: White worms on glass?

Good photography by the way! I find it really hard to photgraph tiny things like this on the glass. I have some planaria in my tank (not quite so many as you!) but I leave them be, I figure they're harmless.



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