Bristle worm

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  1. zaShadow

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    I saw a small (about 2cm) worm that looks like a small pink centipede (with many more feet). According to what I find on Google this is very likely a fire worm.

    Any way, is there anyway to confirm what it type of worm it is?

    Is there any good type of bristle worm?

    I tried to get a photo, but the piece of rock it is on is at the back of the tank, and any photo comes out too small to even see it. I will try and get a better camera than the one my phone has to offer.

    Also, I tried to grab it with a pair of tweezers, but it just pulls back into the live rock when I get close. Any other suggestions to remove it?

    If I get to catch it, can I move it to my DSB
     
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    Leave it they are great CUC.

    They only become a problem if you are feeding heavily.
     
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    they are great little things:) they can grow to large sizes but still not a major problem. Leave him be and let him go forth and multiply:)
     
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    Cool, so I don't have to worry that it will try to eat any other organisms like anemones etc?
     
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    no worries at all.

    but umm what nennies do you have? how old is the tank?

    the only things bristle worms eat is the stuff you dont want to :) they form a great part of the cuc in your tank and are free, flat and get right into the smallest of places for you:) all good.
     
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    They, together with other critters will only eat dead or dying coral/fish. Imagine you have a full reef matured for a few years now and a fish dies underneath the live rock at the back of the tank. If it wasn't for these little guys cleaning it up, you would've had to take the tank apart to get it out or it would just rot and possibly shoot the ammonia levels up. Leave him... and his brother and sister :p
     
  8. zaShadow

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    I don't have any yet. My tank is only about 3 months old and I only have a couple of pieces of live rock at the moment.

    Just didn't want to be in a situation I could have avoided right now.

    But thanks, feel a lot more comfortable now. There is a great number of resources on the web telling just how bad these poor little dudes are.

    Thank you, that one almost got 'demoted' to DSB cleaner.
     
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    If you have one you will find more, a banana wrasse or any other wrasse can eat these smaller guys if you get worried that there are too many.
     
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    Too many of most things is bad - if you feed too much, they will multiply like crazy - there is a balance and we need to keep that.
     
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