Large worms found in freshwater bowl!

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Large worms found in freshwater bowl!

Post by sarcasticLynx » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:43 am

Went to check on the crabs yesterday and saw large worms in the dish!!!! Right now i see 2/3 hermit crabs up over the past few days so I'm pretty worried about what they are. The larger worm is probably 1mm thick and the smaller one is probably half of that. The length is probably 5 or so cm long. Much larger than any debris worm I've ever seen. Photo links:
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The large brown thing is just a stick, not a worm. The bigger worm is pinkish, and the smaller one is more blue/gray. I will edit the pictures circling them if it's too hard to find them. Any identifications would be nice. Thank you...
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Re: Large worms found in freshwater bowl!

Post by wodesorel » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:18 pm

Could you have added anything that may have had earthworms hiding in it?


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Re: Large worms found in freshwater bowl!

Post by sarcasticLynx » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:53 pm

Not that i can think of! All decor had been washed in very hot water, all food is either human grade fresh or freeze dried, but the sand was play sand from home depot, and the soil is eco earth. I guess there could have been eggs in the play sand? That's all i can think of. The tank is over a year old now, with no substrate changes.
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Re: Large worms found in freshwater bowl!

Post by Pincher » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:18 pm

The images are not visible here. "Worms"... many people mistake e.g. beetle larvae, millipedes and centipedes for "worms".
Worms in the water dish could be even a parasite of insects, like nematodes which could get pretty big. Some nematodes force their host to go into the water to set the nematode free, and the nematode even emerges when an already-dead infected insects falls into water. Have you ever tried to feed insects, dead or alive, or were there any chances that an insect infested with nematodes fell into your tank? Typical hosts are large grasshoppers, mantis and beetles.

An image would be really helpful.
If you have added some kind of wood, even months ago, this also could be the source - if the "worms" are beetle larva or millipedes.

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