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Old 07-31-2014, 06:19 PM   #1
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Bristle worm trying to kill my fish

I thought bristle worms only devoured dead fish? My hubby caught one the other week with a pair of kitchen tongs. It was ravelled around my much alive scooter blenny like a snake. Last night I watched one following my target mandarin but this morning while the lights were still off it full on went after my sleeping anthea and latch onto its tail. The anthea woke and flicked it and then I spotted it coming out from under the rock at the front of the tank going for my sleeping clarki clown! Hubby has his kitchen tongs again on the ready.......


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Old 07-31-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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Not a common bristle worm. The worm you describe had to be pretty fast and have eyes.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:40 PM   #3
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If the prey is asleep and not moving it is vulnerable to a hungry worm. That is a sign that there is not enough extra leftover for them to eat.
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This is the worm ....grabbed the rock he was hiding in however when he stretches out he is much longer. Doug he wasn't slow in approaching the fish. Can't see any eyes ...looked more like he was lifting his head and using sensors to find the fish.


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Hard to tell but are the bristles moving like legs? Which seems to be the head, top left or bottom right?
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Lower right...the end is the redder section


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Sorry-no the bristles aren't moving like legs.


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I can't ID the worm. If it's a common bristle worm, they move too slow to catch a healthy fish. A worm that size would tell me there is plenty of food available in your tank.
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Oh wow that's crazy to have a worm that size in your tank.... I would flip. How much and how often do you feed?

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