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- To: live-foods at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Leeches
- From: "David W. Webb" <dwebb at ti_com>
- Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 13:04:38 -0600
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From: lund at umbi_umd.edu (Eric Lund)
>> On Sat, 27 Dec 1997, Norm & Susan wrote:
>> > We have never had a problem with feeding blackworms and the fish love
>> > But...we have notice in our last few batches of black worms, that some
>> > them were flat and would stick to the container when we rinsed them.
>> > didnt dawn on me that they might not be a blackworm because they were
>> > almost the same color.
>Hi All, The things you are describing as leeches may not be leeches. I
>suspect that they may be Planaria which also are found in habitats with
>lots of organic material. You should be able to tell leeches from
>Planaria (a flatworm). Planaria usually have a triangular shaped head
>with 2 pale eye spots.
I agree with Nevin on this one. I often get a few Planaria in my blackworm
purchases. As far as I know they are harmless to fish -- more of a nuisance
than a hazzard. I usually try to remove them while washing my worms simply
because the fish don't like to eat them.
lund at umbi_umd.edu