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Old 07-24-2006, 11:20 AM   #1
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LARGE Bristle worm?

I spotted a 3 inch long bristle worm this morning, about the size of an earth worm! A little to big for my dottyback to eat!

So, will this thing eat my corals?...Do I need to trap it? It is red and black.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:41 AM   #2
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Some people find bristle worms to be useful detrivores. They certianly can get alot larger, so don't freak out when you see him a year from now, he'll still be peaceful.
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I have few monsters much bigger then that in my tank and I have no problems with them. They are actually kind of neat. Although I did find one that was almost a foot long hanging from my mag float once....... he took a ride down the porcelin slide.
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He is cool, but he isnt as cool as my coral....and I figured since they made traps for them, there had to be a reason people dont want them in their tanks.

That fugger is quick, I tried to catch him yesterday when I saw him.
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People are afraid of them, therefore there is a market for traps. Very rarely do they develop a taste for coral, and that would be the time to get a trap.
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I know they are called bristle worms, can they poke you with their bristles when you are moving LR or what not? I doubt one would let you get that close to it anyway!
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As long as it's not a fireworm.... It might pay to do some research to ID your particular worm.
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bristle worms do hurt because the little hairs called setae will pierce your skin, it is very uncomfortable. fire worms have poisonous setae and they hurt even more.
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The work I have is half black, half red. IUt also is much fatter on the red end so I am guessing this is the head.
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I had some small bristleworms in my rock from liverock.com. I left them in my tank after reading about them being detritivores. A year later the had grown to 3"-4" and I removed them after catching them in the act of eating my zoanthids. HTH
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