Discussion in 'Beginner Discussions' started by PostersPlus, 4 Feb 2010.
Can anyone tell me if bristle worms are good or bad for your tank?
This is a topic which some folks seem to be divided on. Some say good , other say it's bad.
IMO Bristleworms are useful additions to the CUC, and unless they start causing troubles with corals or small livestock, I would just leave them alone.
BTW: If you are going to remove them, please do not touch them with your bare hands. The little "bristles" will break off in your skin and the sensation is not a pleasant one.
Just a thought
Very good cleanup crew.
Can only be a problem when they are really big, 20cm or longer. But it seems that smaller ones out-compete the bigger ones for food, so the big ones disappear over time.
As Apollo said, do not touch them. Also be carefull when lifting rocks. They might be underneath. Spines are very fine, and feels like a prickley pear. Not nice...
Been there, done that, strugled to get the spines out...
There are species of polychaetes that are detrimental to your corals etc - but these are far and few between! The vast majority are detritus feeders and scavengers, and play a crucial role in ecosystem function and stability! The general rule of thumb seems to be - if you aren't noticing any negative impacts, then leave them be
Thanks for the advice. Appreciate it
Just to add to this, there is a difference between bristleworms and fireworms, the latter can be damaging in a reef tank.
Good point Marc,
Thanks for adding this.
To add to marc's point - not *all* fireworms are bad for your reef tank, but they are the family that has the most trouble makers... Bristleworms is a bit of a doppleganger term, used interchangeably by different people to mean all polychaetes or just bristleworms etc...
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