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Old 06-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #11
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I recently re-aquascaped my tank and found a lot more bristle worms than I had thought! If your able to take the rock and stuff out, do it and pick those little *****es off. But be carefully, they "split" easily and are still able to live after. Or stop feeding as often, cut down on lighting times, and watch out for them as they can hide very well, and can be bigger than u think!
Cutting lighting times will do nothing to control bristle worms, if anything it would make them thrive since they mostly come out to feed at lights off.

Controlling bristleworms is a matter of controlling the amount of food in the tank. A large population cannot be supported by a small amount of food. There is probably 10 for every one you see, so keep that in mind.

Never have bristleworms become a problem for me. As long as you are careful feeding then you will never have a problem besides maybe a large bristleworm that should be removed.
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I dont mess with them. They are excellent janitors. Never had a problem with them messing with my corals.
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There is one species of bristleworm that is a predator of gorgonians. It will essentially deepthroat the gorgonian branches. Again, really easy to remove if that is the case, and unless you have a lot of sea fans and sea whips, not really an issue.
They really are a great thing to have in the tank, for the most part.
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^^^^^ I'm sorry I laughed at that post....... For what the worms do to the gorgonians...... I'm so mature I know! Lol. But that's interesting, never knew that. Thanks for the info.
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It's a funny image. I laughed when I first found that out, too. There really are not very many species of bristle worm that are dangerous to corals, inverts, and fish in aquaria. There's the bearded fireworm (octocoral predator)

and the bobbit worm (ambush predator of fish)

But that's about it. The most common species is Eurythoe complanata, and while it *can* get rather large, it's pretty harmless.


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