Bristleworms.

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  1. ShaunSwindon

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    So as some of you might know I am on a mission to catch crabs in my tank and in doing so I have managed to catch two really big bristworms. I would say they are both hitting the 200mm mark in length. The one might be a little smaller but they both gave me the fright of my life when I moved the LR they were under.

    From finding these two monsters in my tank I am sure there are many others but between my 6-line wrasse and Mandarin I am sure their numbers are being kept down :thumbup:

    Question is ladies and gents...do I put them back or donate them to someone who wants them? I have read conflicting reports. Some say they are good for the tanks clean up crew and some say they can become nasty predators :whistling:

    Times like this makes me wish I had a sump :(
     
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    well, that is where you could have placed them.

    Numerous smaller worms out compete the big ones eventually for food, and then they die out. I used to have big bristle worms, but maximum now is about 10cm. They are an important part of your clean up crew. But yes, 20cm or bigger, I would think twice about putting them back.

    They will be marvellous to keep a DSB clean. Just add some hiding place for them to stay under it.
     
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    Thats good to know....I was getting worried over the large growth in bristle worm population in my Dispay....can they be an indication of overfeeding though?
     
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    yes.
    No food, starvation.
    overfeeding. Loads of worms.
     
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    Thanks guys :thumbup:
     
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    Just for an update...I put them both back into my tank and got a bristle in my finger for the trouble :whistling:
     
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    I thought my corris wrasse was keeping my bristleworms down to nothing. I turned off the light and later looked in to see gobs of them coming out of nearly every hole in my LR. They won't hurt my fish or my nennie, will they?
     
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    No they should not bother your other livestock sir :whistling:

    I am saying this as I have not lost anything since I put those two monsters back in my tank. I feel it is also up to how much food they get. If they are starving then I would think they might take a bite at a fish sleeping in between the liverock possibly :blush:

    Ever thought of getting a Mandarin? I am pretty sure they would also keep the worms population down. Am I wrong in saying this guys?
     
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    mandarins do not eat bristleworms. if you want to reduce your bristle worm population you need to build a bristleworms catcher. take a 15cm hard hollow tube put a lid either side with a 3mm hole drilled in either side. put a piece of unrinsed frozen shrimp in it and place it on your tank ensuring no bubbles in tube( do this at lights out at night. pin it down with a fishweight or two or small pieces of liverock. leave it for fifteen minutes with lights off and then you can remove tube with bristleworms in tube and do the sae thing again the following night until you have reduced worms to desired level
     
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    Thanks! I'll trap some and throw them in the fuge! :)
     
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    id leave them in the tank to be honest. they are primarily nocternal and do a great job of scavanging your LR at night for you. Just because you didnt know they were there they didnt bother you, now that you do know they are there, shouldnt bother you either.
     
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    ha reduce the number by throwing them out. let them remainder reproduce and then you cull them again. another way to export nutrients!
     
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    As long as they won't hurt the nennie, fish or coral; I'm ok with them. I sure would like to get rid of that fireworm I saw once though. I wasn't fast enough with the tweezers to get him.
     
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    use your fingers....much faster than tweezers:)
     
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    I'm not touching one of those things! :eek:
     
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    go on, give em a cuddle, even bristle worms need friends you know:)
     
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    Yea the I had one just appear, gives me the creeps thinking they are crawling so close to the fishes..
     
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    get some pom pom crabs mine love eating bristle worms!!!
     
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