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Old 04-26-2018, 06:46 PM
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Saw these in my powder orange iso culture. They were hanging out where I had placed some fish food. I made sure to microwave the fish food for a full minute before using it, so I don't think they came in off that. I didn't see them anywhere else in the culture either.
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Greetings,

First off, there is a general confusion concerning so-called "nemerteans". There are terrestrial nemerteans but they are extremely rare viv pests. When you hear about "nemertean infestations" in the hobby, 99.9% of the references are actually a terrestrial flatworm - Rhynchodemus sp.

Your pest is not a flatworm nor a nemertean, however. These are fly larvae. Our fly-loving entomologist member may be able to give you a better id...
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Greetings,

First off, there is a general confusion concerning so-called "nemerteans". There are terrestrial nemerteans but they are extremely rare viv pests. When you hear about "nemertean infestations" in the hobby, 99.9% of the references are actually a terrestrial flatworm - Rhynchodemus sp.

Your pest is not a flatworm nor a nemertean, however. These are fly larvae. Our fly-loving entomologist member may be able to give you a better id...
Oh ok awesome, not sure how fly larvae got in, but as long as they are not flatworms haha. Thanks for the help, I tossed them from the culture anyway. We will see if more pop up.
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Kimcmich is correct about the maggots. A sure way to tell if you have a nemertean is to tap its butt with a toothpick- projectile mouth parts will shoot out of the anterior end. Watch the vid around the 1:00 mark.
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Kimcmich is correct about the maggots. A sure way to tell if you have a nemertean is to tap its butt with a toothpick- projectile mouth parts will shoot out of the anterior end. Watch the vid around the 1:00 mark.
Thats really helpful, Ill definitely keep this in mind for the future. Thank you!
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