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Old 11-30-2013, 04:31 AM   #1
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Is this a bristle worm?

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I had to pull apart my reef to catch my tangs for sale ( prob with nitrates ) and was surprised to see this worm in the container as I hadn't seen it in the tank. Is it a bristle worm? It looks like a centipede and is around 5+ inches long. I have re assembled my tank but left this this out waiting for some advice on whether to put it back in or not.. Thanks
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Yes that is a bristle worm. I have some in my tank as they good janitors. They will over run a tank if not kept in check. Most likely you already have some in your tank.
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A 5" worm is a sign of an abundance of food. Ease up on feeding. A couple times a week is fine. The less food you have, the less worms you'll see.
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Yes that is a bristle worm. I have some in my tank as they good janitors. They will over run a tank if not kept in check. Most likely you already have some in your tank.

Thanks and nice tank BTW. So in your experience, I don't need this in there? I am reading they can be good and bad at the same time.
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A 5" worm is a sign of an abundance of food. Ease up on feeding. A couple times a week is fine. The less food you have, the less worms you'll see.

Thanks Doug. Is it a threat now being that size?
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I've never seen a common worm like the one pictured do anything other than eat decaying matter, regardless of it's size.
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