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Author Topic: Curious worms  (Read 2983 times)
« on: January 26, 2008, 12:34:52 AM »

So, I was cleaning out my tank the other day, picking up some of the large rocks I use, and noticed that there are some odd looking worms attached to the rock. There seems to be some sort of mucus tube filled with grit and sand, and inside it, if I scrubbed it off, was a little reddish worm. The whole thing seems to be attached to the rock. The majority of them are about a centimeter long, with some being smaller. I watch my tank pretty carefully and hadn't noticed them until I pulled some of the rocks off the bottom, which were fairly covered with the things. I haven't noticed any illness with the turtles or the fish, but I want to see if the worms might become a problem. I will try to get pictures tomorrow, but I wondered if anyone had any ideas?

I live in the mid-west united states and the rocks I use are large, semi-flat river rocks. It's an aquatic turtle tank with some fish in it, and I'm hoping the little wormy things won't hurt anyone. They seem to be quite numerous. I've had the tank established for almost 3 years now, and never seen these worms. I feed various turtle pellets, shrimp pellets, algae wafers, and frozen turtle food which is mixed veggies, blood worms, brine shrimp and other things in a frozen cube. I feed live feeder fish to the turtles about twice a week in the summer, once a week in the winter, and they have their pellets every morning.

Any advice will be helpful, and like I said, I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow.
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2008, 09:20:04 AM »

They sound like caddisflies (Trichoptera).  I think all the tube building ones are either collectors or scavengers, they shouldn't hurt anything.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008, 05:10:07 PM »

I agree, those are most definitely caddisflies.  They live under rocks in fast moving streams, I am sure they were on the rocks when you collected them.


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