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Old 02-27-2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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Attack of the worms

My tank is being invaded by Spaghetti Worms. Anyway to get ridd of some of them they are multiplying fast...They are all over my sand rocks and even on powerheads and skimmer.

Making my sand and rocks look nasty....
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Supposedly 6 line wrasse are good at eliminating worms. I`ve heard others take their rock out and dip it in hyposalinity water.
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:34 PM   #3
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I am not really an advocate of adding livestock to help with infestation issues, however, in this case I like the idea of adding a sixline wrasse. I does not look like your bioload is too heavy and, as Mike said, it may work. Besides...they are a way cool fish 8)
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I am not really an advocate of adding livestock to help with infestation issues
Me either. Most times I will not recommend fish but sometimes and I mean only sometimes drastic action is needed for drastic measures. Thanks for bringing that up Brian.
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spaghetti worms are one of the signs of a healthy tank. I wouldnt worry about them. They serve a useful purpose as well.
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I am not really an advocate of adding livestock to help with infestation issues...
Why is that?

Isn't the best way to take care of a problem, the natural way?

Idealy If you could have your tank stocked in such a way that all the livestock would take care of typical problems, Wouldn't that be how the real ocean works?

IE: Cleaner shrimp for ich, Emerald Crab for Bubble Algae, Pepermint Shrimp/Long Nose Butterfly For Aptasia, 6 line wrasse for worms, etc...

It certainly seams better than adding chemical to rid of a problem, and unlike manual and chemical removal, having livestock that feeds on your infestations, will be an on going solution that will prevent the 'problem' from becoming an infestation in the first place..

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The ocean and your tank are two different things. In your tank the worms might run out but in the ocean they never run out plus as Mrs Hara said they do serve a purpose and you would not want to get rid of all of them. But depending on the amount of them IMO too much of anything can be bad.
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The ocean and your tank are two different things. In your tank the worms might run out but in the ocean they never run out plus as Mrs Hara said they do serve a purpose and you would not want to get rid of all of them. But depending on the amount of them IMO too much of anything can be bad.
The biggest problem in our tanks, is the fact that we can't recreate the ocean, but the more you can do to get closer to it, the better.. Atleast that's what I would think...

If it's an "infestation" that would say to me that there is enough of them reproducing that by adding 1 animal is not going to rid your entire tank of them, but keep them under controll...

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I'll post some pic's when I get home. To show how many is in my tank. Some are even comming out of the sand onto my glass.
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Hopefully if the wrasse is added there will remain a continuous supply for it or another food source is provided.
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