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RE: leaf prep(sterilization)

>I don't know hat it was but I just got rid of some sort of worm >(leach?)
from oak leaves that I collected from a VERY dry site. >It had been in the
tank for a week or so. I'll certainly be >boiling all my leaves in future. I
must admit I found it hard to >believe it when I saw it.

Could have been a terrestrial Flatworm, or a terrestrial Leech.
Either way, it's very unlikely to be any sort of a problem for the fish. At
the size you mention it could actually have been an encysted egg or larvae
amongst the leaves, waiting for Spring, and the warm environment caused
premature emergence.
The reason it may not have been eaten is that if it is a Flatworm, their
mucus is often distateful.

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