What is this thing?

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  1. ShaunSwindon

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    I noticed my mushroom / toadstool coral was looking a little half dead so I took it out and had a look at it to find this weird worm like creature with bristles running all along its sides hiding under the actual lip of the dome head part of the coral. I am trying to load the pics I took. Any ideas what they are as I have seen a bigger one in my tank before but never on any of the corals :(
     
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    I apologize as I did not see there was a forum called ID please :blush:

    How would I move this thread to there?
     
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    The mods are very slow sometimes :whistling:

    just go to edit and delete the contents and start a new one. When they are done with there supper they will fix.:thumbup:
     
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    crap photo, but by the description, it sounds like a bristle worm. Scavengers mostly and likely to feed on the dead tissue. Part of your cleanup crew.

    That hair or bristle burn like crazy. Be careful for big ones when you pick up rocks. Like a prickle pear. Not easy to get those thorns out.
     
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    better pic of bristle worms. is it the same thing?
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    Yeah Riaan it looks the same to be honest thanks :)

    Here is a better photo.....I take it they are good to have in a tank right?

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    no, that is something else.
    A lot longer hair, and not bundles of bristles.

    Wait for a better ID.
     
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    I agree, thats not a bristle worm, "legs" are way too long?
     
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    Think it is a Syllidae
     
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    +1
     
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    This is what the one link said....."They pierce the skin of these sedentary animals and pump out the juice".

    If thats the case Im going to have to.....killkanga
     
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    What does everyone else think? Can I safely say that I have a worm from the Syllidae species :mumbles:
     
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    It is my understanding that they are reef safe. However, like bristle worms, if they become too large, they may need to be removed. Just keep an eye on it.
     
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    The Syllidae (Polychaeta: Nereidoidea) is a large
    family with about 70 genera and over 600 species
    worldwide (Kudenov and Harris 1995).
    Some good, some bad. I hope for the best.
    Eish, live rock can be scary.:)
     
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    Well thanks for the advice guys. If you can see from my photo the little worm I pulled off my mushroom / toadstool coral ended up in my nitrate test solution which I was busy with. I decided to end its life due to the fact that my coral was folding up into a ball almost and looked as though it was going to die :(

    Regardless I caught it by taking the coral out of the tank and prying it off the inside fold of the mushroom part of the coral with a sharp knife :whistling:

    From what I have read this thing can cause rather a lot of damage to soft corals if left to grow :eek:

    Let me tell you this morning the same coral looked alive and well again :thumbup:
     
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    There is likely more. I would just leave them.
     
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    ditto!!!
     
  19. ShaunSwindon

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    Did I mention on one forum they stated this about these worms....."They pierce the skin of these sedentary animals and pump out the juice".

    Like I said if I catch any of them on my corals again it will end in this.....:angry:
     
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