Tube worm

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  1. Marine1

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    I would like to know if there is a problem with my tube worm as the feathers have got much shorter, I have nothing in the tank that could be eating it, the feathers were long and beautiful and four days ago I noticed they were shorter , thinking he wasn't fully opened but he is.

    Is there a problem with him or do they shed the "feathers"????????
     
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  3. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    They do shed their 'feathers', otherwise known as a crown, occasionally.
     
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    Thanks a million
     
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    Cool, just keep an eye on him, if he does it too often then it could be a response to being under stress from incorrect water parameters or flow or predators etc.
     
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    Agree with Viper, they do usually drop their crown due to stress...but from my experience its usually the whole thing, havent come across one that shortens...do u have a pic?
     
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  9. Kunhardt

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    You sure there is nothing in the tank that could be stressing it? What fish do u currently have stocked?
     
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    Marine1 Thread Starter

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    Hi
    Got a "nemo", 2 x pajama cardinals, 1 x african sea star, 2 x turbo snails, soft coral.
     
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    I would keep an eye on that seastar if I was you... ;)
     
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    They also drop their crown from not being fed which is stress in a way. Are you feeding planctonic based food for the animal?
     
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    Thanks , you are not the first to warn me. These damn LPS.
     
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    Yes I do feed him. How often should he be fed????
     
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    Forgive my noobness but I have not fed my tube worm directly in over two months and he is doing fine. I read somewhere and someone told me that they filter feed on small pieces of left over food from feeding your fish which float around in the water flow :blush:

    Am I correct in saying this :whistling:
     
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    mine has done the same. the "feathers" got shorter and shorter and eventually,after like two months he lost his crown. Thought he was dead but left him and a few days later I saw a tiny new crown.It happened after having it for 8 months or so. has your feather duster got enough flow or maybe too much? Mine had too little and It must have not gotten enough food. I moved him now,tho. or the rock he is on. The tiny crown looks healthy and growing nicely
     
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    yip this is correct, they feed off particles in the water column, I have never directly fed a tube worm myself, had one for about 2 years before a predatory fish took it out.
     
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    Many thanks Kunhardt :biggrin:
     
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    hi all

    His crown has started growing back, you can feed a tube directly. cut the base off a 2 liter bottle and slowly move it over him, use a turkey baster and he love it
     
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