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Sean Sean
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  • Posted on: 9/6/2008 19:23
mini worms in my filter box??? #1
Hi all. Had a little peak the other day at my filter box, as you do to see hows things are getting along.

Where the water flows over one part of the plastic filtration system there are literally hundreds and hundreds of tiny little worm type things clinging to the plastic in the flow of the water. Brown in colour.

As I wonrdered what they were I scooped them all up, well most of them, and had a look, put them in the pond and I think the fish ate them (goldfish, comets, koi).

I them looked the day after and they are back again, same amount as before. Is this a good thing or a bad thing, where are they coming from?

My pond water is very clear, the fish are happy, I dont have any issues thus far.

Will get a picture soon

Sean
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Re: mini worms in my filter box??? #2
hey up sean

i personally dont think its a problem because in my old pond i had the identical thing and my fish were ok

everytime went to clean the filter off they were there little worms attached to the sides of the filter maybe a parasite

i did try differant parasite liquids to get rid but two types didnt work

i was told my a friend to leave it as they wont harm the fish they do have the same worm/leeches in the wild and wild fish eat them so i think koi will to.

maybe someone more experienced can help more mate.
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Re: mini worms in my filter box??? #3
Ive always considered them as a good thing that help filter the water, but I might be wrong - I know what you mean though.
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Re: mini worms in my filter box??? #4
I would imagine they are some sort of larvae that have found a good hiding place from the fish but I'm no expert!
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Re: mini worms in my filter box??? #5
If they are clinging on to the sides of the filter, then id suspect its some form of leech, but dont worry nearly all leeches in the UK are harmless to fish and instead eat of plants. Dont worry to be honest.
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Re: mini worms in my filter box??? #6
They are either leaches or flatworms, but either way neither are harmfull and infact both of these generaly consume algae as their primary diets so they do actualy help your pond. Plus some flatworms and leaches even consume waste food and detritus particles and so help the pond further by being natural filters
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Re: mini worms in my filter box??? #7
thanks for the replys, its good to know that they are a good thing.

i shall leave them be and just monitor them. will try and get a picture up and show you soon.

thanks again