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Old 03-20-2011, 11:07 AM   #11
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There are far more little critters all around and in us than we can ever imagine.
I just don't need any harmful EXTRAS thriving inside of me!

When you said they were Nematodes....It had me kind of worried
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Nematodes commonly parasitic on humans include ascarids (Ascaris), filarias, hookworms, pinworms (Enterobius) and whipworms (Trichuris trichiura).

Trichinella spiralis, commonly known as the trichina worm, occurs in rats, pigs, and humans, and is responsible for the disease trichinosis.

Baylisascaris (Round worm) usually infests wild animals but can be deadly to humans as well.

Dirofilaria immitis are Heartworms known for causing Heartworm disease by inhabiting the hearts, arteries, and lungs of dogs and some cats.

Haemonchus contortus is one of the most abundant infectious agents in sheep around the world, causing great economic damage to sheep farms. In contrast, entomopathogenic nematodes parasitize insects and are considered by humans to be beneficial.
I don't THINK the ones I have found were any of the above.
Suunto Would you happen to know which kind I found in the aquaria?
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:19 PM   #12
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These appear to be 'scavenger' type nematodes that feed on any bits of organic detritus that accumulate among the gravel pieces; they should not be harmful either to you or the fish, but you are bothered by their presence, I suggest simply cleaning the aquarium thoroughly on a routine basis, and perhaps reducing the amount/frequency of food offered to the fish. To the best of my knowledge, no parasitic nematode species would appear 'out in the open' like these.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:30 PM   #13
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WHEW!
Doesn't bother me one bit, now that I know they are not harmful to myself nor my grandson. Thanks so much for settling my mind.
I can understand why they were in the crab tank. The little guys are slobs when eating their fish sticks.
I do, do the partial water changes but apparently I should be focusing more on keeping the gravel clean.
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I KNOW I do not have those in any of my fish containing tanks!
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They get bi monthly gravel cleaning and partial water changes.
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I's a must do to keep the bacteria an fungus infections at bay!
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I can tell hubby it's OK to kiss me now.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:45 PM   #15
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Tanks a lota!
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Ti's articles like these that got me wondering if I need be concerned about being infected....
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Sounds like pretty nasty stuff to me!
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:19 AM   #17
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Ti's articles like these that got me wondering if I need be concerned about being infected....
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Sounds like pretty nasty stuff to me!
If you will take the time to read the details as to how these infections are acquired and the risk factors involved, you will see that they easily are avoided and that the actual risk to people living in the USA is very low. Nematodes comprise a very diverse group, and the vast majority are harmless from a human health standpoint.
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Old 04-12-2011, 11:51 AM   #18
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YEY!!! I did notice that but it had been the few nasty ones I was concerned about....
I'm not worried any more though......You all settled my mind a while back but I just thought I'd add the info to the thread as long as I had it yet. Thanks Suunto
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Tanks a lota!
I've raised discus fish in tanks teeming with such nematodes. They're completely harmless. No worries on their account.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:29 AM   #20
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Just FYI, here's an account of a recent human nematode infection (mosquito-vectored) - "A Case of Human Conjunctival Dirofilariosis by Dirofilaria immitis in Italy" - see A Case of Human Conjunctival Dirofilariosis by Dirofilaria immitis in Italy - Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
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