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Any idea what fish would eat feather duster - tube worm creatures ?

There is not one head left in my tank all gone, and this is from probably 100 different creatures.

Newly acquired fish (last 3 weeks) - Anthias, Copperband, Hawkfish

And should I even care, are the fish doing what they would normally do.
 

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I have him eating all sorts of stuff. He loves my 0.1mm pellets, live brine and frozen Mysis shrimp (spelling?) shrimp.

I got him the day after eliminating my Aiptasia, so don't know if he eats that ?

Do the dusters recover or have they been killed off ?
 

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i only got 4 feather dusters and one day all 4 got rid of their heads - i still do not know why - they were back again after a month i think.

dont know about the fish.
 

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Warr - IF the worms themselves have not been killed/eaten, then YES - they should grow their "feathers" (crowns) back quickly (within a month or so).... And you should be counting yourself lucky if your CBB actually eats aptaisia.... These guys are few and far between....
 

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i only got 4 feather dusters and one day all 4 got rid of their heads - i still do not know why - they were back again after a month i think.

dont know about the fish.
I am talking about the really small dudes not the bigger tube worms. My coral beauty is the big tube worm pruner, soon as they get to a certain size, she prunes away and the head falls off. Couple of weeks later grows back.
 

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Warr - IF the worms themselves have not been killed/eaten, then YES - they should grow their "feathers" (crowns) back quickly (within a month or so).... And you should be counting yourself lucky if your CBB actually eats aptaisia.... These guys are few and far between....
I didn't buy him to eat aiptasia, but if he does great, if not, also cool. But with him taking a liking to feather worms who knows?
 

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then it will depend if the animal is intact - but those small one could have been eaten - interesting to see what you find eating them.

thanks for the clarification by the way
 

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OK, now I am getting upset, the copperband has now eaten all my tubeworms' heads.

Do they normally eat this ?

He has gone through about 200 featherdusters and 4 big tube worms
 

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Copperbands are notoriously non invert friendly, they prefer "real" food, which is why they don't take flake/frozen etc very well and die young.
 

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Copperbands are notoriously non invert friendly, they prefer "real" food, which is why they don't take flake/frozen etc very well and die young.
So what else "live"is he going eat in my tank ?
 

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Hi do u see him eating the feathers or do u just think its the copper band..
Seen eat the featherdusters not the tube worms, I reckon it must be him as he has taken a liken to their cousins
 

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very very freaky but ja in marine world alot of weird shit hapens coz i no if the aptasia is to big its not abel to eat it..but hey thers nothing u can do...only to take it back swap or bold a tank with fish only..
 

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Nay, I keep him, he is really beautiful. Long as he not eating other creatures (other than the worms) no prob.
 

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He's part of the butterfly fish family, of course he's going to nail the feather worms, stop whining and start cultivating them in your sump on a piece of white 50mm pvc tubing so that he has a constant supply of food. :)
 

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He's part of the butterfly fish family, of course he's going to nail the feather worms, stop whining and start cultivating them in your sump on a piece of white 50mm pvc tubing so that he has a constant supply of food. :)
Now that an idea, I have LR in my sump with loads on, so I just start doing a rotation pieces of rock - cool :thumbup:
 

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