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Worms in media

Chron

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Taken just now, my fish are happy, I feel my levels are ok . I might have killed my bio filter for a week or two but it’s better now.

The worms have just been there getting more in mass.

Question is what are they and what eats them , they seem to not harm anything.

Thanks for the info’s
 
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fishorama

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You nitrate looks pretty high, you should do some more frequent & larger water changes. Goldies eat & poop a lot.

Test strips aren't as accurate (but are much faster & easier) than API master test kits many of us rely on.

If none of your fish eat the worms you can vacuum some out each water change.
 

Chron

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Thanks for the info.

So get an “ API master test kit” ?
I’ll do this for my fifty gal once I get it started.

Still wondering are they for sure “black worms” or something else and what fish is fast enough to eat them ? They really do retract in to the media super fast.

Thanks again for all the great infos hope this helps others too!
 

the loach

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Still wondering are they for sure “black worms” or something else and what fish is fast enough to eat them ? They really do retract in to the media super fast.
It's not the fish but your media. Too big for fish to go through. Use fine gravel 2 to 3mm and not too deep and the worms won't be able to hide.
 

fishorama

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Well, I have seen blackworms in various substrates...& they look just like your pics. There are other "things" they could be...but I can't think of what else they could be ATM.

I'm still voting black worms. It's not totally bad...if you control them or your fish eat them.
 
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