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PostSubject: Help Identify This Critter!   Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:09 am

What the hell is this living under my aquarium gravel? I've posted two videos so you can see the bugger in action. It looks like a red tube worm living under the gravel. The fry swim up and hover right above it on one video. You can see an undulating motion in the body of the worm or whatever it is. I have seen it extend its body up toward the surface and then retract it. Wasn't able to video that yet. Any advice on that this bugger is and whether I need to do anything?




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PostSubject: Re: Help Identify This Critter!   Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:17 am

OK, here's the worm extending itself...

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PostSubject: Re: Help Identify This Critter!   Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:24 am

hmmm..some sort of nematode that may have hitchiked in with tubifex worms or possibly on a plant.i have yet to see some that make tubes like that but i have similar worms in my shrimp tank.i see them at a couple of local fihs stores as well but once again without then tube.no ill effects have come of them from my observation aside from the obvious unapealing sight of the things.i wouldnt worry or medicate just yet.you are right that the fry are sensitive to medications and fluxuations and untill a positive ID it wouldnt be wise to attemp a doseing of any chemicals.i am betting that if your gourami was out and about this little critter would be lunch so i would just let it ride until the fry are a little bigger.
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PostSubject: Re: Help Identify This Critter!   Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:47 am

Thanks for the info. It's reassuring to know that this is not all that uncommon. I have no problem with nematodes as long as they don't injury the fry. I'll let him grow up and see what happens. Thanks again.
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