Feather Dusters

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  1. Warr7207

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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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    Copperband would be my guess....
     
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    Ditto - IF you are lucky enough to have your copperband butterfly eating - it would MOST likely be the fish eating your feather duster worms....
     
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    Yep the copperband gets my vote.
     
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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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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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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 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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    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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    Mike Retired Moderator

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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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    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..
     
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    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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    thats the spirit.....
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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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    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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