iv heard that bristle worms can be helpful in a moderate number, but I had thousands and thousands of them and many were 4 and 5 inches long. They had infested the LR
and substrate and killed all of the soft corals and snails that the previous owner had put in the tank. It was truly amazing to see some of the worms that were living in the tank and especially in the overflow.
It's one thing to have a small colony of worms to eat the detritus and turn over the substrate, it's another to have a worm farm in your tank.
I think I have the skimmer set for the most part now. At least until some of the live rock that I kept alive seeds the tank and gets the biosphere back up and running. I'm sure that I'll have to readjust it several times between now and then.
I sure wish I would have had more time to read up on salt before I bought this tank. If it wouldn't have been such an incredible deal: 75 gal
tank with walnut stand and hood, 2 48" VHO
bulbs and ballast, 120 lbs of live rock, wet/dry ballast, protein skimmer, 3 RIO's, 2 power heads, a ton of reef keeping supplies, as well as several fish, shrimp, and brittle stars. All for $300 US. I added up the parts, and figured it was well over 1500 to buy new. LR
goes for 8-10/lb here, so just that alone would have been 1000.
Ahh the price we pay for being cheap. Heh ... the irony of it all.
Thanks for the help. I'm sure I'm going to run into lots of problems over the next few months, so I'll probably be an avid poster until I manage to learn the ropes.