Bristleworm eating red bubble algae

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  1. B2048

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    Tonight I observed something I have never seen before. A bristleworm seemed to be eating a piece of red bubble algae. It ingested it and you could even see the bulge of the bubble as it moved down the length of its body. It then proceeded onto another piece of red bubble algae completely covering it with it's mouth parts, tearing it off and swallowing it.

    Has anyone else seen a bristleworm do this? I didn't know that bubble algae was part of their diet!
     
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    first time Im hearing about this!
     
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    first ive heard of anything like that, especially of bristle worms eating something so large that you can see it move down the digestive track. The other thing im not so sure of is red bubble algae as the only bubble algae ive ever come across is infact green.
     
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    I haven't seen a bristleworm eating zoas before so I hope it doesn't go after mine.

    Crispin, yes, it definitely is red bubble algae. When I did a search on Google I did come across one other person who had seen this behaviour. If I see it happen again I definitely have to get a video of it!

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    Lol. I had one of those fireworms crawl out of a powerhead I was cleaning (the powerhead was in some old tank water for a couple of months and this thing survived with no water movement or heat). I haven't seen any like it since - only the ordinary bristleworms.
     
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    sorry to say im realy not convinced thats a bristle worm :( can u get a pic of it, ive seen lots, both bristles and fire worms but neither have a mouth that are big enough to tear off bubble algae and besides boyth are detrivors not algae eaters.

    @sihaya want to have a stab at this?
     
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    very interesting.....
     
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