big fat reef worm

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    hey crew,
    i am in the third week of a cycle and was removing LR to clear detritus and die off from the base of the tank when i came across this fella....

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    its about 3 cm long and about 1cm diameter (yes fat fella!)

    I was rather surprised its alive as its gone through a full hard cycle but ater a while it protruded from one end with a far thinner section....

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    i would dearly like to know what the hell it is, although i am farly sure its a beneign form or detritus muncher, i am really not certain If it should be in a reef tank ???

    i didnt want to sump it as I have a few mantis in there, so I have placed it in a mature nano which i have emptied of LS as I am travelling for a while and have the LS hosted in someone else tank.

    i cam add that its from kenya originally as that might narrow the field a bit.

    Sara, or weeman you guys like these id things, any guesses?
     
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    an interesting view is through sillohette where a few strage dark "organs" can be seen...

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    please note: no animals were harmed in this photo session and my non reefer is blisfully ignorant to the things that inhabit our house at the moment. Good thing she is baby sitting nieces tonight! :)
     
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    weird! shouldt you be keeping fish? LOL:p
     
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    send me a few of yours:)

    fish AFTER cycle :) lol

    but we do get some weird fellas in our tanks, dont we :)
     
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    o, so the fish go in after the cycle...so thats what ive been doing wrong all this time.:p

    does this worm have a head?
     
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    if youve been doing it wrong for so long and have a tank like i know you do, then i may well be tempted to change things around!.....ok ok i guess that sticking out tongue :p shows I should stick to the plan;)

    no obvious head as such, the "protrusion'came out from the side of one end but retracted into the same area when disturbed:)
     
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    so you think it eats detritus? why then remove it?
     
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    because its in a 700l system with 150kg LR, id never get another chance....i can always put it back IF its ok.....while I dont know I would rather err on the side of caution:)
     
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    totally agree.

    people are always afraid of whats different!hehe
     
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    now I know why they back off from me when i walk down the street :p
     
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    but actually i was really chuffed to find the fella (i am sure its a boy worm being so thick and all :)). i love the diversity we have in tanks :)
     
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    :lol: you are not lekker!
     
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    lekker lekker, I IS brew, i chune u so:p
     
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    [FONT=Comic Sans MS, Lucida Bright, Sand, Verdana, Arial]Peanut Worm, Phascolosoma noduliferum[/FONT]
     
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    thanks david, i agree with ya. I was bouncing through some site looking for it, heres an excelent hitchikers guide to weird and wonderfuls:)

    Live Rock Hitch Hikers
     
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    Awesome photography Crispin!
     

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