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I doubt that they really are leeches, certainly not the parasitic species, or they wouldn't have been on the plants. Planaria species are usually tan to brownish, but I know that some can be white or "aleutian" as we scientists say. And yes I am a research biologist, basically estuarine ecology; but I have grown to love those little killefish that we keep collecting in our studies. That's why I like this group so much and wanted to join your organization. I do raise killis both for research purposes and as a hobby at home.
Anyway, if you can get hold of a magnifying glass and look at the head area of one, you could easily tell if it's a planarian or a leach. Planarians have heads that are wider than their bodies and eat other small critters in your tank. They are absolutely hamless to your fish. What species of killis do you have in this tank??
----- Original Message -----
From: Invisiblecat13 at aol_com
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2001 9:56 AM
To: killietalk at aka_org
I bought some Java Fern from my LFS.
A few days after I got them I had small
white leaches appear in my tank. How
is the best way of treating the problem.
I was thinking of trying a heavy salt water
solution, but i'm not sure how it would
work. Any ideas would be great.
There is only Java Fern, Java Moss,
Water Sprite and a few snails in the tank.
Tony A Perry
Deep Gap, NC
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