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[APD] Re: Red worms in my filter -- good, bad, or ugly?

Thanks Dave and Paul,

The worms do change in length as they move by shrinking and stretching, I
don't see any segments but then my failing eyes don't see a lot of things
these days. I have never fed tubifex, nor blackworms and I've had these fish
for 10 weeks now. It may be that these fish were fed blackworms before I got
them in June, and I know the breeder has sworn off blackworms but it is
possible that the fish could have had some before they were sold to me at
about one month old.

OK, if they are bloodworms or tubifex, is it unsafe for me to handle that
filter pad with my bare hands? Normally I'd squeeze it out, though I have to
admit that now with the worms in the pad, it looks rather clean but for the
dirt trails the worms leave. The pad really has quite a lot of worms in it.
I'll post a photo over at SimplyDiscus later today.

Ann V

> Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 17:37:04 -0700
> From: Dave Millman <dave at tactics_com>
> Subject: [APD] Re: Red worms in my filter -- good, bad, or ugly?
>  The good news is that your worm is unlikely a reanimated bloodworm. It is
> also unlikely to be a tubifex worm, unless you have fed live specimens to
> your fish and some got sucked into the filter.
> I have found these in Marineland filter pads before. I am not a
> wormologist, but I noticed that they do not have visible segments, and
> look quite different under a magnifying glass than bloodworms, tubifex or
> blackworms. I posted an inquiry online about them, and got a ho-hum "seen
> em before, not harmful" response.
> I've seen them occasionally since, and I guess I'm giving you a ho-hum
> "seen em before, not harmful" response as well.
> ------------------------------
> Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 00:20:51 -0500
> From: Paul Krombholz <krombhol at teclink_net>
> Subject: [APD] Re: Red worms in my filter -- good, bad, or ugly?
> If it can change in length, it is an annelid and is probably a
> tubifex.  If it does not change in length, and is thicker than a
> tubifex and the same thickness throughout its length, then it is a
> blood worm, the larva of a midge.  Midges don't bite. So, whatever it
> is, it is good and only ugly if you are prejudiced.
> -- 
> Paul Krombholz in humid central Mississippi

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