Dylanthib

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Dylanthib

So I am new to the hobby. I have a ten gallon tank that was cycled for two months. I bought 6 red cherries and one died the first day. This was about a month ago. Today I noticed a smaller orangeish worm crawling in my substrate. I wasn't able to get a good picture of it but it's about half the length of an adult shrimp. If anyone could help identify it I would be grateful. 

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jayc

Have a read of this post...

its either a bristle worm or freshwater aquatic worm (like an earthworm).

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Dylanthib

Are either of those harmful to my shrimp because I found alot more than I originally thought. 

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jayc

No I don't believe so. No known confirmation of them being harmful to shrimps. They live in the substrate and feed on the detritus that collect there.

By burrowing in the substrate, they turn it over and promote circulation of water and oxygen under the substrate.

The negative is that they are a disgusting sight. 

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Dylanthib

Update... I can't really get a picture of them but they are almost a brown body and a smaller green section before it's head. I know you don't have much to go on but I do appreciate the help

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jayc

Hmmm, those worms can exhibit various shades of red/orange/brown. 

Yeah a picture would help, but I think that is still what we are dealing with - Bristle worm, if it looks like it has little legs. Or Aquatic worm.

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Baccus

By any chance could you be seeing a young bloodworm? If the tank only has shrimp with no fish and plenty of organic matter like timber but especially leaves there is a chance you could have a colony of bloodworms. As far as I know bloodworms wont be a problem for shrimp (the shrimp may even eat them, they certainly love eating defrosted bloodworms), and I suspect the same would be true for aquatic worms. But if they are fresh water bristle worms I would be very wary of them, since I am pretty sure bristleworms are considered a major pest in marine tanks and pretty painful to boot if you are unfortunate enough to touch one.

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KaridinaGal

There's a freshwater version of these marine pests I hope i never encounter these in my shrimp tanks. Can u tell me whee they'd come in from?

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jayc
4 hours ago, KaridinaGal said:

Can u tell me whee they'd come in from?

Still a mystery. I don't think anyone has confirmed for sure where they come into the the tank from.

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Dylanthib

How do I add pictures on here

 

 

         
         
         
         
       

 

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jayc

To add a picture, you can drag a picture file into the area next to the paperclip icon in the editing window. Then press the "+" button of the uploaded picture to insert it into the post. Or click the link to choose a file on your hard drive.

 

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