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    I could use some advice on this awful beast I had in my shrimp tank.

    I was pulling a dying plant out of my shrimp tank when this wiggly monster swim away. It was 3 inches long, brown, flat and wriggled like an eel. It swam to the glass and the attached itself with a large sucker on its rear and a small one on its pointed front. It moved on the glass by stretching out, attaching with the front sucker then squeezing irself short and fat.

    Edit: I've been informed it's probably a piscicola leech, not the worm I initially thought it was.

    This is the second wierd creature I've noticed. A few days agoI spotted a small (3mm) green creature that looks like a scud (gammarus pulex). I don't know where this camefrom either. I suspect the appearance of both creatures in the same tank is related.

    Do you know of anything to kill leeches that won't kill the shrimp?

    Since this is the tank I discovered was very dirty, I might just strip it and steralise it.
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    I found a similar thing in my discus tank before... I have absolutely no idea where it came from but mine was about 1.5 inch and reddish brown in colour. I caught it and threw it into a bare betta tank where it could not hide but strangely it did not get attacked. Possibly it has either something toxic or something that smells unpleasant... so I think bio control is out.. probably need some chemical control..

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    Me too i also had this experience before. My tank got a few but i try to get them out when i saw them lurking in the tank.I wonder what had happened to my tank?

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    Yikes! That's one creature I don't want lurking around in my tank!! I'd had leeches in my tank, too, and they are unsightly... and worst of all, they can latch onto shrimp. The last one I had stuck onto the exoskeleton of the shrimp and just stuck itself out to feed. I managed to get rid of the leech (one, maybe two at most)

    The best way to avoid unwanted creatures in your tank is prevention. You didn't specify where the worm/leech came from, but more often than not, they hitchhike onto plants. We all get plants from all different places and with it some creature features. Some new introductions we like... most of them, we don't. You could use a 1:20 bleach:water solution (or less) to shake out some of the unwanteds, but be sure to always dechlor (be it chlorine or chloramine) after you have done this.

    Another solution is to quarantine the plants. Place them in a clear plastic or glass container and fill with water. Whatever is in the plants will eventually come out scavenging for food if the plant doesn't provide enough of what it needs. This will give you an idea of what is on the plant itself, but it won't kill it.

    I've also tried placing plants in warm/hot water (the plants can take it for a brief period of time). This seems to work to some degree.

    None of these methods are full-proof. YMMV.

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    I think I might have them under the gravel in my shrimp tank.. sometimes I see the shrimps happily looking for food when they suddenly jerk back like they got bitten

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    I see that, too... I haven't been able to locate any mysterious unidentified creatures though, so I'm not entirely sure that's necessarily true either. Oh, well... as long as my shrimp live long prosperous lives...

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    I wish your shrimps live long prosperous lives too!

    Do update us if you find the mystery creatures too I'm dying to hang them by the noose!

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    Thanks folks.

    Dave, I think you're right that bio control is out. I've spoken to someone about chemical control and it's not always effective. Itkills the adults and not the eggs. I was advised to strip the tank, put in new gravel and steralise the plants. Retardo, good thinking about the plants - I haven't done this recently and I'm sure the leech (and scud) came from some java moss/dwarf rush I bought recently.

    I almost crapped in my pants when the leech swam towards me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboy

    I almost crapped in my pants when the leech swam towards me.
    Maybe you can use your finger as a bait to catch them

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanoDave
    Maybe you can use your finger as a bait to catch them
    I need both hands to catch it. I wonder what else I could stick in the tank as bait?

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