Black and red worms

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  1. Lowflyer

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    Hi guys

    I have these small red and black worms with hairy things on their side in the tank, they are too small for pics, but what could they be? Just worried that they are dangerous to my tank in some way. Half the length of their body is black and the other half is red.
     
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    Hi Luke - they are forms/types of bristleworms.... I have MANY of them in my 2 tanks... ;)

    They are AWESOME scavengers..... they eat a LOT of detritus and left over food! They are only dangerous if your touch them accidentally - those hairs burn like crazy! ;)
     
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    Ok cool, thanks jacques. Glad they're good little buggers, got them with the corals that I bought:)
     
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    in the past we thougt they were pests untill we learnt to understand their vital role of waste removal through scavenging..they are cool so long as they dont multiply to plauge proportions..
     
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    and they only multiply to plague proportions if you over feed and there is masses of food to scavange. They can get large and certain wrasses will eat them, but over all they are a great part of the CUC :)
     
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    Is it this worm? I have lots of them and they dont seem to be doing any harm
     
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    That looks like it keyaam, thanks guys, will keep them in the system, they are still very small, hope my 6 line doesn't chow them
     
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    no 6 line doesnt go for them. A lunar will and a few of the bigger wrasses :)
     

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