tube worm / fans

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  1. Peanut

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    Hi Guys

    My tube worm / fan lost its head last week. I think I stressed it out a bit, trying to find a nice home for it in my tank.

    Bought two fans, one still alive and healthy.

    How long does it take to grow it's head back?
    How do I know if the worm has actually died?

    Tx
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    Fan worms lose their heads when stressed as a survival instinct(if i remember correctly), so its not a really serious thing. I have millions of fanworms in my system at the moment(unfortunate but hey), an i tried to do something about them and scraped a lot of them off into the sump. And lo and behold, new heads the next day. Could possibly have mixed up specific heads but they grow back pretty easily
     
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    peanut, i wouldnt worry to much. leave the fella be and if he is in a safe bolt hole and can recover from the stress he will pop out a new head soon:) it can take a while though, but just keep an eye on it.
     
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    I have the fellows lying on top of the sand. Is this good? or should I try find a hole for them.

    They are fairly large.

    1 x 10cm long and 1cm in diameter (happy where he is)
    1 x 7cm long and 0.5cm in diameter (this fellow lost his head about 4 days ago)

    I tried burying the bodies in sand, but do not want to know anything about it. Keep popping to top of sand.
     
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    try place a small piece of LR over him and see if it gives it a little protection. i am sure thats the main issue for it at the mo, assuming water parameters are all good?
     
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    Don't squash the poor worm inside though :p

    They should do fine on the substrate as long as they are not being blown around all the time. You could also just try and gently wedge him inbetween some rocks.
     
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    I have placed them out of the strong flow of water.

    Trying to "gently wedge" him inbetween rocks is what caused him to stress in the first place. :whistling:

    I will have another squiz tonight and see if I can find another space for him to make him more comfy......... ;)

    How would I know if worm has actually died??
     
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    Ummmm, no idea actually, I assume his shell/tube would begin to disintegrate.
     
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