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Old 02-05-2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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Pics of bristle worms??? Maybe

Hey all here are the pics of what we think are the worms. Could anybody tell us for sure what they are... They are flat and have spikes down both sides of their bodies... Thanks Sue
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:17 PM   #2
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fire worms? i think i saw a member post pics of those and he said they were fire worms, dont quote me heh, those are huge how big a tank do you have? and how did you get it out
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The tank is a 55 gallon and my hubby pulled them out using hemostats...after he lifted the rocks and saw them..Yuck!!! Sue
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:29 PM   #4
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Looks like a Caribbean beared fireworm. Very bad...nice catch.
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Lando...could these be what is eating our crabs and snails? We have also lost 2 cleaners and a jawfish over the last couple of months..Thanks for responding... Sue
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Indeed. They are voracious perditors and are very destructive in the home tank.
http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=292
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hope i dont have any in my tank
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:37 PM   #8
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They commonly are introduced as small hitch hikers in LR. They grow and grow and grow...Mostly only come out at night so many people never even know they have them
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I just found 3 in my tank as well, im redoing the plumbing and drained my overflow sections to redo the bulkheads. In the bucket of water i found 3 3" worms in there. Atleast they couldnt do any damage since they were stuck in my overflow section but i know since i saw those there are more that are in my main.
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We never knew until hubby went looking for a mantis...we do hear a popping but I am wondering if those are the pistols since he did see 2 of those...any thoughts??? If there were 3 should we tear apart again and look for more or do you think it is safe enough again to add another cleaner? Also any fish or crustations to help get rid of our worm problem? Just a side note those things are hardy..hubby got them out of the tank at 5 pm yeaterday and we have them in a glass they are still alive with no heating or anything...creepy. I just cant bring myself to flush thm..lol thanks again all!! Sue
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