Weird Creature

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    I was target feeding my seastar and heliofungia tonight. A creature crawled out the LR and grabbed a piece of the squid and retreaded back into its hole. It almost looked like a centipede, any ideas
     
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    Bristleworm perhaps
     
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    I heard these are generally good, but can be bad if they get big. How big?
     
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    Well thay can grow to 12 feet long, so that could be a bit of a handful, just keep a chair and a whip by the tank;)
     
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    Who yeah, I want one of those in my tank
     
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    Poisonous ?
     
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    That I am not sure, but the hairs are a bugger if the get in your fingers and can cause problems.
     
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    Hi guys - no - the bristle worms are not poisenous - their "bristles" or hairs sting like crazy - just like thorns on some plants.....

    They are good for the tank, as they usually eat detritus and left-over food. Funny to hear about one that would come out while you are feeding - were you feeding while all the lights was on? Or did you only have the actinics/moonlights on perhaps?
     
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    if you grab it in your hand the hairs are like needels and it burns like hell dont try it
     
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    Full Lights on, also the only way I would have seen such a small creature
     
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    some folks have a serious reaction to the stings - like me :p
     
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    The hairs hurt and are a real bugger to remove, so be careful, but as Jacques said, they are a very good - and free - member of the clean up crew.
     
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    Kryofrozen My fish have names!

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    I have a ton in my nano.

    I've actually been "harvesting" them, 'cos they are getting bit big. I pulled a 3inch one out the other day with tweezers... Really horrible looking things!

    I'm also a bit alergic to their "sting". But then again I'm alergic to most things in the aquarium, Blood worm included!
     
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    I touched one by accident once while moving some rocks. It only got the tip of my finger. It stung really bad & the tip of my finger got swollen. Then it burns & later itched like mad. After a day or so I got something that looks like a tiny blister (but it was hard) for each of the spots where a hair sting me. There was quite a few! Then finally the skin of my finger tips started to flake off.
     
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    banded coral shirmp eats them myne feast on them
     
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    eeww.:err:

    hectic detail..
     
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    Grabbed as in fast? If so my my money is on a Mantis shrimp :)
     
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    Those worms are good for your system by eating all left over food and stuff, but beware - I heard too much feeding will make them multiply like crazy. Am I right all you experienced reefers?
     
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    :lol: The bets on. My money says Pepper spotted Moray
     
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