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Old 08-16-2012, 06:56 AM   #1
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Bristle worm, good or bad?

Have noticed a few bristle worm in my tank, just wondering if i should try to get rid of them, or if they are beneficial for my tank
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:58 AM   #2
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Personally i just leave them but Normally they disapear... think fish tend to eat them. Im pretty sure they nothing to worry about but im no pro. I think it would b quite a task to take them out.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:00 AM   #3
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I saw a cleaner shrimp eating one yesterday wasn't nice hahaha
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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Ye they dont last long. All part of nature. I think its fasinating. I watch my cleaner shrimp pick away at a dead anemone crab.. i love cleaner shrimp especially when the run upside down on the suface, its awsome!
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IMO I get ride of them mainly because I hate when I put my hand in the tank for what ever I may be doing and then ZZAAAPPP I get a really bad stinging pain in my finger. The kind I have in my tank just feels like a bee sting but some kinds I've heard can swell your whole hand up. In other cases people don't even feel them it is just like a pinch in some cases. In tank terms they are helpful they are like a tank garbage can. I eradicated them from my tank becuse my kind is pretty painful. It help to run it over hot water if you ever get stung.
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IMO I get ride of them mainly because I hate when I put my hand in the tank for what ever I may be doing and then ZZAAAPPP I get a really bad stinging pain in my finger. The kind I have in my tank just feels like a bee sting but some kinds I've heard can swell your whole hand up. In other cases people don't even feel them it is just like a pinch in some cases. In tank terms they are helpful they are like a tank garbage can. I eradicated them from my tank becuse my kind is pretty painful. It help to run it over hot water if you ever get stung.
I agree with this, leave them be unless you get stung, I have a few in my tank, and if you see one chances are there are five more that you don't see, but I have not got stung by one yet, but I worry about it every time I touch some rock, and if I did get stung I would probably start killing them, but other than that they are part of your clean up crew and do good for your tank by eating all the leftovers and dead/rotting/fish poo that accumulates in your tank.
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Yep a tank garbage can eat all your unwanted thing.
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I have several in my tank. They are great janitors.
Yep no worries if you want to get rid of them tho they do make a small trap for them
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a couple of my live rocks came infested with them. now i can see some in my sand bed too. they just keep it clean. i havent tried to avoid them and ive never been stung so far. maybe just lucky but i just find them to be a good addition to a tank. plus as the others have mentioned some fish like to munch on them.
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