Bristleworm

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  1. Noodles

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    Hi all

    I've been running a nano tank for the last year and i have now built a bigger tank 1200x500x650 and i moved everything across. I was running a large canaster filter on my nano and when i opened it i was shocked to find lots and lots :whistling: of bristol worms man i've never seen suck big ones and so many of them, i did not have one in my tank. Can anyone tell me how they got there??? and what do i do if i see one in my new tank???? which i hope does not happen.

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  3. Tridan

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    Cant tell you how they got there, but bristle worms are a good part of your tank they clean your rock's and substrate. They are detritivores. Some of the really big ones might eat your soft coral, but when i say big i mean big. I have only heard of absolute monsters doing this 30 cm and up
     
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    So they are not pests???
     
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    As tridan said they are actually benifitial, BUT large ones can do damage to your corals. I have loads of small ones
     
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    Fleur - remember - they actually BREED in our tanks - so, their offspring are microscopic at first - meaning that they often live in the water column - and if they are in the water column, then they can get into any/all forms of filtration systems we have on our tanks.....
     
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    fleur so what you gonna do with them
     
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    I dont know they in my filter, Why?
     
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    You don't need to do ANYTHING with them Fleur/Riyad. They are very good to have. Just be careful that you don't touch them with your bare hands. They have millions of tiny bristles (that's why are called bristle worms), that stings you, and when you stung by a few hundred of these bristles, you could possibly have some effects, ie. feeling nauseous, feeling tired, with localized swelling and burning....
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    You dont see any in you tank because you probably have a preditor fish that can catch them and eat them. but they are safe in the canister
     
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    jacquesb okay cool advice i will remember that, not to touch them...
     
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    Wow didn't know they get that big. That thing will take of a finger.
     
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    Nah dude they get much bigger google monster bristle worms lol you will *** yourself
     
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    Lol thats the one scary aint it huh.
     
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    You probably be able to feed a small family with that thing.
     
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    dont want to hijack this thread, but we all know large ones can do some damage...so i did a little research (ok iu googled), there are a hell of a lot of different ones out there and actually some are totally harmless.

    My question is thus, when should one get worried, take it out , build a trap etc
     
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    When i ran a canister on my nano i had hundreds of feather worms but no bristleworms
     
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    it turns out onlty when they get really big shold we get worried, and if you wash your canister out with a little bit of viniger it will kill off all the eggs and worms but dont get it in your tank, that what i heard.
     
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    that is a big bristleworm:P:whistling:
     
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    Most of the problem bristle worms are very dark in color, not like the red and black ones we normally get here, not to say that the red and black ones are harmless.
     
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