Hello peanut worm and vermetid snail

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  1. sihaya

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    I love this part of reef aquarium keeping, when all the critters start coming out of the live rock. It always amazes me when I'll have a piece of rock I think is just about dead, with no signs of life, and then gradually over time, one by one, the little guys start coming out. It's just fantastic! :thumbup:
     
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    did you look at the rock and scream "it lives... it lives!" :lol:
     
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    we do love pics on this here forum :thumbup:
     
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    Haha, omg, do you know how hard it is to take a pic of a peanut worm? I did so once upon a time, when I had one in my refugium... took about an hour.
     
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    We've got all day, take your time.....
     
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    Well, I couldn't get any pics of the peanut worm. I did get a few pics of some other critters. Not all the pics are that great though (I might need a different lens).

    Snail with "mermaid's wineglass" algae:
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    vermetid snail
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    forams
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    flat worm
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    Last pic- nasty buggers- I had a breeding farm in my tank some time ago- not too fond of them.
    Thank you for posting the pics, now where are the other pics :whistling:
     
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    Never seen that before, looks quite nice.
     
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    @seank Eh, they don't bother me. In fact, I enjoy seeing a few of the little buggers now and then. It's when they get to plague levels that they might start to get annoying. And they can be toxic when a whole lot of them die all at once (which is why I advise people against using things like flatworm exit). I've never had a full-blown flaworm plague myself, but I've seen it in other systems.

    Funny story... I once talked to a guy who actually studied them as a research probject (he was a biologist). Obviously, he was rather fond of them. I asked him if I could use some pics of his in an article I was writing and he said something like "as long as you don't say anything bad about them." haha I understand his point though. They really aren't bad in small numbers.
     
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    Love the 1st pic, not happy about 4 and 5.
     
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    I also thought they were nice when there was a couple cruising around, and then I hit the colony of all colonies...lol. But yeah, it is over now, maybe there are still one or 2 left, but I do not see them
     
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    Yeah, they usually do go away on their own. Most people I've seen with "the plague" of flatworms report a few weeks later that they're all (or mostly) gone. I suspect killing them or sucking them out on purpose might even maintain the population even longer. The reason they die out after a population explosion is because they run out of food. If you keep taking them out, you're essentially conducting a manual population control which keeps them from crashing.
     
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    i have some massive peanut worms its astounding to see how much the forage in the sand bed at night, one in particular (just cause he is close to the glass and easy to see) manages a patch about 10cm2 and keeps the sand bed white. the others are higher in the reef and you can see their antics, especially when the dig into the rock and secure themselves....love peanturworms awesume fellas. I am sure I got a few good pics when I caught one a while back....read my tank thread :)
     
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    Sounds awesome. Link?
     
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    That "Mermaids Wineglass" looks really interesting. Never seen anything like that.
    What a colour those flatworms are - gorgeous. Also had some for sometime (plain boring light brown) and they come and go. I too am not bothered by them
     
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    Ditto. In fact, I bought the snail for the algae on it. I'd seen it in pictures, but never in real life. I hope it lives.
     
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    I started with very well cured live rock, it did wonders for a "clean" cycle, but has not got much interesting stuff out of my LR this time as the last time.

    Actually worried that I still don't have any stuff in my sand-bed, how can I introduce more worms and other good critters?
     
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