Nocturnal worm ID please

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  1. Apollo

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    Hello to all,

    Oi , just as I thought things were settling down in my nano and allow me time to think about the corals ....... This little worm(s) makes an appearance.

    For those of you that might have read some of my previous posts, will remember that I mentioned a worm which is highly sensitive to light and difficult to photograph.

    Well, I eventually caught the little critter last night at about 21h00 . The worm(s) only appear at night after the main lights have been off for 2 hrs or so. The moment any light catches it, it retracts with lightning speed into it's hole.

    There are 4 of these worms on different pieces of LR in my tank.

    Any ideas as to what this might be ? ( Eunicid species ... hope not !):(

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  3. Warr7207

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    Get a wrasse, and your "problem" is solved
     
  4. Apollo

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    Errr... a wrasse in a 60 liter nano ?

    Not so sure about that . Would a wrasse be OK in such a small tank ?
     
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    Unless somebody ID's it as some "dangerous" worm leave it. It will be apart of the clean up crew.
     
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    Ok, thanks Shaun.

    Will do.
     
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    Yeah a 6-line would have been cool. But 60L is a small tank, sorry dude.
     
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    It is a harmless detrivore, possibly a peanut worm.
     
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    Aaah. Cool , thanks Mike.

    I was worried that I might have a particularly nasty predator worm on my LR.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    The predatory worms usually come armed with some particulary nasy looking mouth parts, give the "bobbit worm" a google it should still be around.
     
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    If he has sharp teeth then he is a carnivore if they are flat then a herbivore.

    So try look at his teeth.:whistling:










    PS only joking with you.:p
     
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    Lol, a bobbit worm? Does it cut off fishes bits while they sleeping? :lol:
     
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    No the phrase was coined by a bloke in the US with a particularly nasty worm in his tank, it seemed to stick, if not bobbit worm, try Oregon reef, that should have it.

    Failing that just google eunice worms
     
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    :lol::lol:

    I can just imagine myself : " Now be a good little worm and open wide... "

    But seriously , I have looked at the Bobbit worms (Eunicidae sp.)
    Nasty bits of work they are indeed. The photo I took looks disturbingly similar to what the Bobbit worm's tentacles look like.

    These worms are visibly on various pieces of LR, and if they are in fact Bobbit worms I could have some issues trying to rid my tank of them
     
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    Post up the piccy and lets have a look, if they are eunice worms....good luck.
     
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    It appears that the female worm will bite off the male worms ... errr "parts" and feed this to the young . hence the term "Bobbit" worm :lol:
     
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    [​IMG]

    Nasty looking thing, apparently is can slice its prey clean in half.

    Thought maybe it was refering to John Wayne Bobbitt's wife...:p
     
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    Almost looks like a spice wurm from Dune
     
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    Ok,

    Here's a pic of the Bobbit worm (Eunicidae aphrodoitis ) showing the tantacles at the mouth .

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    Sorry Kunhardt,

    posted at the same time.

    But yes, the resemblance to what I have in my tank is disturbingly close
     
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    LOL:lol: It actually does...wonder if thats where they got the insperation from.
     
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