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Old 03-21-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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HELP! How do I get this guy out!!!

I just bought a patch of zoas from the LFS. I was getting ready to start acclimating them and I saw a bristleworm on the zoas. He started climbing in a hole in the rock and now I can't see him. I do not want this thing in my tank. What can I do to get him out?
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:01 PM   #2
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i'd say not much until you see him completly out of the rock and then dive in and grab him with something tweezers or whatever
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:33 PM   #3
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I poked at the hole with tweezers till he came out and then snagged him. Thanx for responding so quickly!
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:07 PM   #4
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I have several in my tank and I`ve never really seen them do nothing but good. Maybe others have had a bad time but not me.
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FWIW, you could have just left it in there. No harm in bristleworms. I agree with Melosu
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Wow... you must've had a dumb bristleworm if you snagged it with tweezers! Or it was still groggy from the trip! Early on when I was trying to get one of mine out, it seems like it could sense me coming a mile away. I couldn't even sneak up behind it without it zipping back under a rock. Eventually, after seeing that it wasn't harming anything and they weren't multiplying like crazy, I just let it be. It comes out and makes itself visible once a month or so. Just another critter to keep the sand stirred up and eat up all the leftovers!
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I heard they're sting is much worse than their bark. I have my hands in the tank pretty often, and I dig in the sand to yank out caulerpa. I didn't want to get stung, so I figured I'd pull him out while I have the chance.
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I love mine, they are great sand stirrers and I consider them part of my clean up crew. Generally, mine will make an apperance as soon as food hits the water.
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yeah i forgot to say it wouldn't hurt to leave it but i take any i see out for the same reason i don't want to have contact with them there ugly anyway.
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I heard they're sting is much worse than their bark. I didn't want to get stung
are you sure it was a dangerous kind? we observed them in biology, and i touched a preserved one, while they look vicious and terrifying, the worm didn't look or feel like it was capable of biting
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