Does anybody have any Xmas tree worms in their tank?

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    They are SO pretty!

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    Very tricky to keep alive long term.
     
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    How so?
     
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    Needs constant filter feedings and the coral they live in (Porites, a SPS) needs to stay alive.
     
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    Ah. Good info, thanks!

    A real pity though, isn't it?
     
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    Get yourself some feather duster worms ... A little easier to keep going ... And their crowns also vary in colours
     
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    Oh yeah ... Forgot to mention. .... Their favourite snacks ....
     
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    The only hassle with the serpulidae calcium tubed worms is nothing really.

    The need exactly the same conditions as the sabellidae soft-tubed worms.

    Its just most people kill the coral that they burrow into as larvae and then live in.

    The ammonia given off by those polyps dieing in mass burns off the tubeworms head as well.

    They can live quite nicely if the coral dies if the resulting ammonia doesn’t harm them.

    With standard calcium levels they do well with keeping their tube in good nick and being filter feeders near to the surface on avergae, their diet as with the soft tube worms consists a great deal of phytoplankton so try to include things like spirulina, algae, musscels and so on in a blend of fine foods.

    High temps, ammonia, weak current, predators and lack of food are why hobbyists loose them normally.

    These are the tubeworms common around our area.

    http://southeastqueenslandm.aforumfree.com/t1070-tube-worms-xmas-tree-worms-polychaeta-found-near-brisbane-in-seq#3615
     
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    Riaan - look at Mogamat's porites rock - he has managed to get his to flourish - TOGETHER with his christmas tree worms! (In his "Ode to his wife" tank thread!)

    But - I agree. Personal experience. Extremely difficult to keep the Porites rock alive - and as such, the worms!
     
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    Thanks, I'll go have a peek
     
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