Bristleworm

Discussion in 'Boyu TL450 and TL550 advice' started by Mewik, 21 Dec 2012.

  1. Mewik

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    i spotted this guy a few days back and managed to catch him with some tongs last night when i drifted past the tank at 2am. I am a bit shocked that something that size has managed to hide in my tank so long without being seen. Anyone know how long it would take a worm to reach that size? and why are all my others tiny? The biggest other worm ive seen in my tank is about 20mm long.

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    I have the same in my TL-450...I've managed to get 4...:eek:..:eek:..:eek:..big one's out of my Tank, when I removed the LR..they where hiding underneath...and I know I still have another 3...:eek:..:eek:..:eek:.. I also have the small one's..actually I have millions......:eek:..:eek:..:eek:.. real infestation at the moment...the best solution I have for getting rid of some of them(small tank)....is a small PVC pipe...about 10cm..(will need to weigh it down...(substrate inside, rubble..)cover the ends with some form of fine netting..fixed with elastic bands...poke a small hole in the one end...obviously with some "food" left inside...that way only the worms go in and you'r shrimp can't eat the food inside...in the morning...take out and voila...:blush:
     
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    Clever solution.
     
  5. Mewik

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    hey Belinda I also at times seem to have millions of the little ones. Its strange i will look one night and theres tons, then two weeks later i wont see any for ages.

    i tried the pipe and stocking trick, even made a trap out of a baby bottle. The only thing i caught was my goby shrimp haha. Just glad i got that big pile of miff out my tank. I was a bit hesitant to out my hand in since i saw it the other week. I can deal with alot but worms and roaches are not my thing.
     
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    I found this whopper in my tank a while back...

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    He's rarely fully exposed, and I've once managed to estimate his length... More than 10 cm :eek: and he's not the only one... There about 3 of these ones in my tank!!

    But after some research found that theyre quite beneficial...
     
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    Hehehe, my wife HATES worms of any kind. She is going to freak out once these critters start growing in my tank :D
     
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    ..:005:..tell that to my Clowns...:p when there is a lot..it's a pest...my Nemo's have build a mountain with substrate, roughly 10cm high, in the one corner to cover the large Bristleworms that are close to their sleeping spot...;)
     
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    Isnt it better to leave them in the tank - they clean up waste
     
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    Maybe also try and get an arrow crab mine keeps it under control.
     
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    This critter warfare business - it's fascinating!
     
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    Guys - let them bristleworms be. They are excellent scavengers for old food, and dead or rotting/decaying material. I had seen pictures of monster bristleworms in very old tanks - more than 1 metre.

    These fella's just make sure that you don't bugger around inside your tank too often! :)
     
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    :lol::lol: luckily I haven't been zapped,,, yet!!! :lol::lol:
     
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    Is it like a bluebottle sting sorta thing? Or do the little bristle simply break off in your skin and irritate?
     
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    I can think if all kinds of words to say when this happens to me... I'm sure I'll make the neighbors blush... :censored::dft004::banghead:
     
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    :eek:

    I'm getting me one of these for working on the tank!!!!

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    LMAO!!!! :yeahdude:
     
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    The bristles break off in your skin, and burns and itches. It irritates your skin.
     
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    its sounds like you are over feeding in that case. Bristle worms do far more good in a tank than a possible negative (its only a possible) and even if you dont like the sight of them that much they hide all day and only come out at night to do a job you definatley dont want other organisms to do for you.

    i couldnt agree more, leave them be, when one starts messing around with the ballance of a CUC things start going out of whack fast. these guys are helping you :)
     
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    These worms are excellent scavengers and an important part of your clean up crew. If not crucial.

    Just be careful when you pick up rocks, as they hide underneath and you will burn.

    The big ones normally dies due to competition from the smaller ones. And if you have 1 or 2, there are actually a lot more hiding within your rock structures.

    Let them be.
     
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