Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-18-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3
high population of bristle worms

i have a 30 gal tank with a sand base bottom.had a person takin care of it but the past year she quit.so now im trying.tank is 6 yrs old.i have
  • lots of live rock
  • yellow gobie
  • 2 clown
  • waving hand corral
  • 2 turbo snails
  • 2 peppermint shrimp
  • 1 banded corral shrimp

questions
saw huge population of worms,some close to 7"long,can cleaning or replacing the sand decrease the amount of worms?if i replace the sand will it crash the tank?
some suggested starve the tank.can i get a smaller spare tank to put live stock in for 2 weeks and leave main tank alone the switch them back?
__________________

__________________
rose.crystal26 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Supa Belle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: S.A. Texas
Posts: 322
You can try a splendid dotty back they hunt and eat bristle worms
__________________

__________________
90 gal display 30 gal sump/fuge
San Antonio, Texas
Supa Belle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bavass's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waynesboro Virginia
Posts: 1,797
if you replace the sand I would do it slow. If you do it all at one time it's likly to cause a cycle
__________________
bavass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Grizz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Saratoga NY
Posts: 1,806
Cut back on feeding the worms will die off The dotty will eat your shrimp, pretty fish though And they can get snotty towards other fish
__________________
Most people create their own problems by not following the basics and refusing to stock appropriate to their system. Gregcoyote 2013

SPS = Stability Promotes Success
Grizz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2013, 05:40 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3
i feed the fish 3x a week.a small frozen brine shrimp block.will it hurt my fish if i feed them less?
__________________
rose.crystal26 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
The person that took care of it used to feed a lot and didn't do a lot of cleaning, hence the abundance of worms. I would not replace the sand. You may vacuum some of the top layer a bit, but not too much. Meanwhile, besides being unsightly to some, the worms aren't going to hurt anything. They are your cleanup crew. Now you don't have to buy crabs and such.
You could always manually remove the large ones with tongs and flush them.
the less feeding will keep them from growing in numbers.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2013, 10:36 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 3
thank you everyone
__________________
rose.crystal26 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2013, 07:20 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Holygral's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Conneaut, Ohio
Posts: 786
Arrow crabs also eat small ones
__________________

__________________
Holygral is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
maintance, newbie, sand, worms

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.