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Before I started cleaning out my 29 gallon I noticed a ton of snails floating on the top of my tank and climbing all over the walls, then I noticed a red ball attached to one and little white worms were comming out of it

The snails have spiral shells and the white worms look like the worms I find in my other tanks.

Should I worry about this?
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That does sound veryyyyyyyyy nasty Cole it would freak me out!!

Do you think they are worms or more like baby snails? I did read somewhere that some mystery snails can lay eggs that are bright red or bright green. I don't have any experience with snails, so I'm not sure but I know my first instinct would be to worry and want to remove it.

Perhaps you could move it/them into a container of tank water and get a really good look with a magnifying glass. I hope it is nothing to worry about!
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I drained my tank and the water was swarming with the worms, I still can't tell if they were the cause of my fish dieing though.
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10 gallon: Krib fry!!!
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That sounds even nastier the snails may have been infested with worms/parasites so it could be possible that your fish contracted the worms also. If you still have the snails, you may need to treat them but a lot of meds. are harmful to snails.
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Cole, you have really gotten me curious about your worms. Could you better describe them? (size and movement) Too bad you didn't get a picture. I have kept fish tanks for 45+ years and never had the first experience with worms.
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The worms are thin, white, some are 1in, and when they dry out they turn red. When they swim they squiggle around.

The red mass was on the tip of the snails cone (shell). The LFS gave me the snail for free and it has a million babies.
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10 gallon: Krib fry!!!
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Did you ever feed any live food to the fish in this tank?
You say the worms are about the size of this line?----> _______
Look up "white worms" and see if they resemble what you have.

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I was also just thinking...Do you think it could be a type of leech Dano? perhaps it is one of the bloodsuckers that like to attach to freshwater snails.

Does it look like it draws blood from the snail at all Cole? maybe a reason for the red colour, you mention they swim by squiggling around...does one end of them look more pointed than the other? Just throwing out ideas here!

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All the leaches that I have encountered were dark colored and usually moved about by a crawling motion. Just found this picture and it is identified as Planaria.

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sounds like a nasty parasite. if it was me I'd completely empty the tank and clean everything with metholated spirits and or white vineger. Possibly even throw the substrate and filter media away and start again.

but that's just me.
 


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