Drilling worm after lights out...???

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  1. coswecanfly

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    I have noticed cylindrical shavings of my LR lying around and tonight I caught the bugger... It is a dark worm? with a couple of lighter bands across it... When the light hits it retreats back into its hole... Can anyone ID this??? I also have a "snot worm" that is WAAAAY too small to photograph and it also disappears into a hole when the lights come on...

    The worm is just above my Nassarius siphon if you can see it...

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    Managed to get another pic... Don't know if it's any better...???

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    Does anyone know what do these guys eat/do? I can find minimal info on the net...
     
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    Ok seeing as nobody here could answer my questions, this is what I have come up with (so you guys would know too)

    Peanut worm (Sipuncula or Sipunculida spp. )
    Live in abandoned shells like hermit crabs or hollow out rock (like my one)
    Eat detritus
    Seem to be reef safe

    Keep an eye out after dark because he is in a piece of Kenya LR and I'm sure I don't have the only one is SA.

    Enjoy... :thumbup:
     
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    happy to be of assistance! :rofl:
     
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    This is still one of my worst fears... Worms in my tank!! You should have a look at this worm incident:eek: Oregonreef.com
     
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    That's going to give me sleepless nights now as I've noticed that some of my "holes" in my LR are getting bigger...:eek:
     
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    Yes, I noticed cylindrical shavings dropped beneath the hole and that's what initially drew my attention. But according to what I've found they are 100% reef safe. :biggrin:
     
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    :eek::eek:
     
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    I actually noticed the holes when I spotted one of those Copods or whatever runs around all over the LR..there is one in particular, almost like a white prawn that keeps on shedding...and growing...I'm under the impression that that's whats hidding in the hole...to be safe from my Cleaner Shrimp...NOW you've got me worried as I said...the holes are getting BIGGER...:eek: MAMMA MIA...!!!
     
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    As far as I know the worm Ari reffered to does not make it's own burrow. You probably have a peanut worm. :biggrin:
     
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    I have something very similar in my rock too. I don't think anyone has managed an ID yet :). I took this photo at night, after the lights have been off for over 2 hours. I used a flashlight, and even in this photo the worm retracted about halfway. It's very light shy.


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    Peanut worm Andre... Check out the link to the pic earlier in this thread... :biggrin:
     
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    I have one of these I just found in my tank. Keep it, or kill it? I don't want a 7 foot worm in my tank, if it's like the one in the link. How do I get it out, if it's to be removed?
     
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