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Old 03-11-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Feather Duster Emergency

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I was looking at my feather duster and i saw what looked like a bristle worm in its tube
I really hope it won't die Help!
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
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Decently a bristleworm not sure if it will do harm maybe someone with more knowledge about those worms can answer. I scoped out about 15 of them when I came home for lunch they were all in one corner. I hate those worms even though they are considered to be a CUC.
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I don't know if it will bother your feather duster or not. I tend to like them, but keep them in check with sunset wrasse. You can try setting up a bristle worm trap close to your feather duster to catch him.
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I don't know if it will bother your feather duster or not. I tend to like them, but keep them in check with sunset wrasse. You can try setting up a bristle worm trap close to your feather duster to catch him.
I was told that the Striped Wrasse will eat them did not know the sunset wrasse will. Is your aquarium Fish Only or do you have corals in it? If you have corals has the Sunset ever bothered any of the corals?
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I was told that the Striped Wrasse will eat them did not know the sunset wrasse will. Is your aquarium Fish Only or do you have corals in it? If you have corals has the Sunset ever bothered any of the corals?
I don't have him in my coral tank (it is only 75 gallons). He will grow to be about 9' and he is already 6'. If you do get a wrasse I would suggest the six-lined wrasse. They seem to be the most popular and always eat bristleworms. Plus, the six-line are small and very colourful. While other species are not a guarantee that they will eat bristleworms.
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6 line wrasses do not always eat bristle worms. Just grab it with a pair of tweezers and remove it if it's a problem.
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6 line wrasses do not always eat bristle worms. Just grab it with a pair of tweezers and remove it if it's a problem.
i find as soon as i bring out the tweezers they are gone...do you have a trick?
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Not really, I think it depends on the worm though. Those common bristles don't see you coming, but some similar worms have eyes and are much faster. As soon as they smell food they will come out. You can grab them at feeding time.

BTW, that feather duster doesn't seem bothered by the worm. It's out and open. It's not going to bother with a healthy worm.
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I scoped them out with a net do not know what they where going after but I had ton in one corner of the tank when I came home for lunch one day grabbed my net and scoped them out. But I would like something that will keep them at bay. And the 6-line wrasse I have heard of people having problems with them.
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