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Old 11-30-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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little bugs at night

I have had a 75 gallon sw setup for about 18 months now. Everything has been running smooth for the last year or so. however tonight after the lights went out I noticed little mini Centipedes running all over the sand. I cant figure it out, never noticed them before but there seems to be alot of them.

Any idea what they may be ?
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those sound like bristle worms to me.
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I agree that it`s probably bristleworms. I`ll send you a link with a pic and info when I get home from work.
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Xtalreef should be in this link for ya...It does sound like bristle worms though!
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If they are bristle worms my advice is not to touch them. I have a couple of nasty wounds on my fingers from them.

I was moving a coral (yes, to make more room) and on the bottom of the rock was a few bristle worms. I accidently came into contact with them and I now have a couple of spots on my fingers that are peeling.....EEEEWWWW!!
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Thanks Intimatecple. That was the link I was going to post.
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hmmm, i thought bristleworms at first but they are so small i dont think it could be them ! Im talking less than a quarter inch each - im starting to think isopods, which unfortunately looks pretty bad !!!!!
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Did you find an image that matched them on the link?

There are several types of isopods...I have bristleworms that are tiny and I have giant ones as well. Double check the link and what you have in your tank..
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Whether they are copepods or isopods I wouldn't worry about it. Probably beneficial for your tank but would need a pic to be sure.

btw, I got bit by a bristle when I was new to the hobby. My finger has never been the same...seriously!
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