Local CT tubeworms

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  1. Noweeds

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    Hi guys, just wanting to know if anyone has tried the local tubeworms found in the CT area in their reef tanks. I'm in Gordons Bay and have found some magnificent specimens in white and orange. Do they handle the conditions in a reef tank??
     
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    hi noweeds. are u the shark hunter from sealine?
    if u can keep ur reeef cool all the time i dont think u will have as issue but having a chiller on all the time is expensive
     
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    I can't see why not? Maybe just acclimitise them to the tempreture, they must be quiet a few degs differance in the temp, that is the only thing that would worry me.
     
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    Same guy......

    These worms must be used to greatly fluctuating water temps....esp in Gordons Bay.

    I just wonder if they can handle the sustained warm temps we keep our reef tanks at!
     
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    I have checked tube worms boiling in a rock pool in the sun on a low tide, that the rock pool is very hot to climb into, I think they will adapt, as long as their temp does not change too quickly.

    Noweeds, maybe when you collect them, leave them in a 25l drum with the water they came in, leave it next to the tank with an airstone for a day or two, and then let the waters slowly match each other.
     
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    Good call magman.....thats the route i'll go! Now just to get some time off work to go and do some collecting!
     
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    When we had a small cold water system some years back we tried them they are very prity and very big but collecting them without damaging them is very very hard
     
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    Ja i've found a couple that look to be housed up bwteen some redbait pods. If they are they should be easier to get out.....i know from past experience if they are into a crack in the rock or similar it's best to just leave them.
     
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    no they dont survive, i water is to hot, continually! they waste away and die.
     
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    Ok so what did Ziyaab mean about shark hunter ?
     
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    hehehehe noweeds care to show trev some of ur catches?
     
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    @Slummies, Gordons Bay's water is warmer than most , if not all of the beaches in the Cape.
    Like Magman said, if u acclimatize well enough then they should survive.
     
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    temp isnt always the only factor to consider. Food plays a vital role too and unless you target feeding, i dont think theres enough suspended material in our tanks to keep them happy.
     
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    I had some in my temperate tank 25 years ago. They lasted a couple months, but then wasted away.

    +1 on the feeding.
     
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    Well maybe it's worth taking out one and seeing if with proper acclimatisation and target feeding it's possible to sustain.
     
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    Greg go for it, IMO they don't last long in the sea, even one's I have tried to get out and couldn't you would see them around for maybe 3-4 months after. Even some of the shallower reefs get sanded up, as soon as they clear you see baby tube worms, imo they got a short quick life cycle. And I think everything in the sea chows on them, they got lots of predators angels, flies etc.

    Bang em in!!!
     
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