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    Thread: What are these Parasite worms underneath gravel

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      What are these Parasite worms underneath gravel

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      Help!! I found these worms under the gravel in my Indoor quarantine tank with my 5-6 inch koi. Are they harmful? What are they and how do I get rid of them? I sucked some out amd left in bucket and added prazipro and the microlift blue broad spectrum disease treatment and they started twitching everyonce in a while. Please help!!

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      Blood worms - excellent fish food and sign of a healthy system. That is until you poisoned them.

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      Parasites: Creatures feed on the host.

      If you find creatures living at a place without contact with the "host", they are NOT parasites.

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      Yep, totally normal and healthy for your pond. In my first pond years ago I freaked out when I first saw these in my filters and cleaned them out.
      You can leave them there. They are a good thing.
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      Thank you so very much!! I thought it was camallanus. I only sucked a few out to see if the prazi or BSDT would kill them if it were a bad parasite so theres still more at the bottom. It kind of freaks me out. I have one tank on a wooden amd glass table and I am able to look under it and see them. So freaky looking, gives me the willies
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      Thank you Simon, I was so worried that maybe it was eggs that had hatched from a parasite.

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      Thank you Steve!! I was so worried. I have a quarantine tank in my house till the get bigger since it gets really cold here in winter but the tank is on a wooden and glass table so I am able to look under the table amd aee them at bottom of tank through the glass, so freaky looking, gives me the willies!!

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      Hi, quick question, the pictures of bloodworms they look so red and big but the ones in my tank are only like 4mm long and almost pinkish brownish and some parts a little clear. Do you think they are still bloodworms?

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      Quote Originally Posted by KimberlySNoble View Post
      Hi, quick question, the pictures of bloodworms they look so red and big but the ones in my tank are only like 4mm long and almost pinkish brownish and some parts a little clear. Do you think they are still bloodworms?
      Bloodworm is a very broad name that represents many insect species.

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      Your first photo looks identical to the thousands of little worms I find crawling through my filters when I open them up.
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      Quote Originally Posted by two_wheeled View Post
      Your first photo looks identical to the thousands of little worms I find crawling through my filters when I open them up.
      Most Bloodworms feed on decomposing debris and muck found on the bottom of filters and ponds. Remove the food source and numbers well decrease if it is a concern of yours. You can feed them to the koi.

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      It's good to know they are not harmful...too bad they are not as pretty as your fish : )

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      Quote Originally Posted by kdh View Post
      Most Bloodworms feed on decomposing debris and muck found on the bottom of filters and ponds. Remove the food source and numbers well decrease if it is a concern of yours. You can feed them to the koi.
      I didn't mean to imply they're a concern. On the contrary, they're helping me clean up! I've found they work longer and harder and complain less than teenagers. I think I'll keep them around.
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