Bristle Worms

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  1. Easy Tiger

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    Hi all - I have noticed a few very large bristle worms that come out of the rocks, especially when all pumps are off. They are big - about 15cm or so. Are these guys a threat to my corals and fish? i.e should I nuke 'em - or maybe move them to the sump? Good guys or bad guys?

    P.S. I normally squash anything with more legs than I have...after I have finished screaming like a girl.
     
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  3. Prodigy

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    Pic?
     
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    Please post a pic or two...
     
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    pics please
     
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    I think i would of had the same things, mine where a pinkish orange, but where much smaller about 5cm. I've seen them once but never again, it was on my galaxea frag, movin to some new rocks
     
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    Cool - I'll try and get some pics tonight, using my kids as bait.
     
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    Ya we need a pic before we can help!!
     
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    I could not get clear pictures last night using my camera. This pic is off Google ( sorry, I am a copyright criminal now ) but this is identical to the worms I have in the tank. They are about 15cm long...
     
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    Hi. Im not sure? Ive also got bristleworms, but much smaller, like 2cm. I wonder if they grow that big?
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  12. Easy Tiger

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    I'm gonna have a scotch for courage and then try and move them to the sump. I'll try and post pics if I can get any decent ones.
     
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    No! Dont touch them with your hands! Use gloves, or Pincers or something
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    Hi Easy Tiger, thats a fire worm not good they will eat coral and fish.
     
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    Totally not true.

    I will buy them off you is you don't want those worms.

    Hennie
     
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    The first time I saw these worms in my tank - loooooong before I joined MASA, I got such a fright and nearly destroyed my whole tank to get the worms out!! Eventually I took my nicest piece of LR out where the biggest worm was and put it into a bucket, left it outside until the worm eventually came out. Gone was the fire worm, dead was all my small tubeworms which started doing so well AND THEN I heard that they are actually good in a tank. I have quite a few in my sump now.
     
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    Sorry Hennie I beg to differ the worm in the picture is a Hermodice carunculata, and this is a worm feeds on stony corals.

    have a look here:

    Hermodice carunculata
     
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    Im gatvol of bristleworms. They everywhere. I need to get me something to chow them as i have hundreds all over and my corals tend to close as they move through them. Any advice on what will eat these worms. I manually moved some into the fuge. Now they breeding there as well.
     
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    My coral beauty and boxer shrimp has does not allow any Bristleworms to even stick their heads out.
     
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    I have a boxer and he only eats flakes
     
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    I can rent you mine R10 for every worm he eats. :p
     
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