"Mantis shrimp" and worms in my live rock

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  1. HoboHoppy

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    Hi Guys

    I recently added some cured live rock to my new fish tank and noticed in the bucket that I got the live rock in two earth worm like worms on bottom of the bucket and another worm in a rock.

    What problems could these worms cause if they get into my tank.

    Also I saw what I could only describe and a 2cm mantis shrimp on one of my live rocks.

    Could these become a problem? I have read about them eating hermits and even fish.

    I currently have no fish in my tank just some hermits and snails.

    I want to make sure that none of the above could cost me fish before I start spending money on them.

    Cheers and Happy Eater :)
     
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    This is exactly what the worms looked like.

    live rock worm.jpg
     
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    Looks like a peanut worm. It is completely reef safe. As far as the mantis is concerned, remove it now while you can.
     
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    A mantis will eat fish, snails and crabs. Don't kill it though, sump it, take a pic and then offer it to the forum if you do not want it. There are many people who will give these lovely creatures a home.
     
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    Mantis shrimp are cool sump it rather...
     
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    Thanks guys I think I caught it as I removed the rock he was hiding in and placed it in my sump. Do I need to feed the guy while he is down there?
     
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    If you feeding frozen Mysis yeah would be a good idea to add a little there...
     
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    What size is he? I'll take him if you don't want him?
     
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    He is tiny bud 2cm, you more than welcome to have him but I still need to try confirm he is in the rock I put in my sump.
     
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    Cool bud let me know when you confirm
     
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    worms etc only become pests when they are out of proportion, ie more of them than there should be, but when a balance is found the very things we deem pests are actually useful.

    you should always ask yourself what its purpose is in the ocean and see if you cant replicate that within your system in the correct proportions.

    use it dont use it...
     
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