Before I ask advice about arrow crabs I just want to mention that I have recently discovered the immense benefits of purchasing an RO
unit for my marine tank. Wow ... the entire tank and I mean entire tank is brimming with life and not with irritating algae .... It has restored the bounce in my enthusiasm for creating my dream tank.
Ok now I have that off my chest I'll get back to the point.
My bicolour blenny decided to explore pastures new and took a dive over my wier. It took me 3 days to discover his whereabouts and half a day to retreive him and to prevent a recurrance. In the process my fingers encountered bristleworms. So I am wagging a war - I am prepared to tolerate a few but they are getting out of hand. I fished out an enormous one last week (the size of a pen!).
My research suggests coral banded shrimps or arrow crabs but reports on their suitability vary from "great additions" (provided purchased singularay or in mated pairs and not both species in the same tank) to destructive and should not be kept in reef tanks.
Does anyone have any experiences (good or bad) please on these two critters. Or indeed any thing else that controls bristleworms. (My boyfriend who is a great fan of zombie and horror films would like to add something with as many claws as possible)
Thanks in advance
100 + gallon tank with sum, protein skimmer, wave machine, live rock
inverts: 2 serpents, 2 fire shrimp, 2 cleaner shrimp, 10 blue legged hermits, 5 red legged hermits, 4 bumble bee snails, (several other species of less exciting snail)
fish: bicolour blenny, purple tang, yellow tank, 2 yellow tailed damsels, 2 clowns
corals: button polyps, 2 large leather corals (soon to add euphillia & xenia)