Swimming worms ??

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  1. Apollo

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    Hi Guys,

    On Friday night , after the main lights had been off for about 4 hrs, I was checking on my nocturnal critters with a flashlight.

    I found some worms , about 5-6mm in length , swimming in the current. The worms were not on the glass but were "swimming" freely in the current.

    Some of the worms are whitish and some are reddish in colour (similar to bloodworms).
    Some swim with a wriggling motion and some swim , well pretty much like fish do and are attracted to the torch light.

    Could these be bristleworms/ peanut worms that have spawned ?:p
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    Those are normally Spaghetti worms, I get them alot in my Mantis tank, cause she distributes there hiding places in the liverock, as she bashes away, rearranging the house.

    Makes her go mad trying to catch them, as these shrimps ain't the best swimmers.

    PS: They are good CUC
     
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    Thanks Warr,

    Good to know that they're beneficial critters to the tank.

    Any idea why they would be attracted to light ?
     
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    trying to get out the tunnel?
     
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    most sea creatures are attracted to light, hence why all the deep-sea predators have glowing body parts
     
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    The free swimming worms could be epitoke worms - have a google.
     
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    Thanks Mike,

    Spot on advice !

    From the web these are exactly the worms I saw swimming in the tank . (Eunice viridis sp.)
     
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    Could be a peanut worm. Google the name
     
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    Thanks Tony,

    It was very difficult to try and ID these worms as I couldn't get a picture of them.

    They may very well be peanut worms or spaghetti worms or epitokes.

    Haven't seen them again since , so I'll keep an eye out for them if they re appear.

    :)
     
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