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Old 01-26-2007, 02:25 PM   #1
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Such a thing as TOO many bristleworms?

I couldn't sleep last night so went to check out my tank by moonlight and iPod (it's a bright little light!). Anyways, it looks like mass awakenings of bristleworms, everywhere! Crawling all over my corals, over the liverock, crusing the sandbed....everything. It was....scary. Like some sort of invasion.

Anyways, 2 questions.
1. Can there be too many? I thought I heard it's a nutrient export issue if they produce too quickly?

2. Can corals eat them? My brain coral had one all wrapped up in it's mucus, it was pretty cool to watch. I just didn't want to find out if he actually ate it or not.

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1. I imagine they come and go if food is plentiful or not, but that is just my guess...
2. I have no clue.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:50 PM   #3
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Funny you mention this. When I woke up this morning, I saw one of my candy cane polyps had a bristleworm in its mouth. Not sure if it successfully ate it or not.
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I would imagine that too much of anything is not good. Might be time for a sixline wrasse.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:06 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. Sixlines are jumpers right? I saw one at the LFS yesterday and thought about gettting it. Decisions, decisions.
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I have had a sixline wrasse in my tank for about 6 months I believe. I have egg crate over my tank. Works great, and I don't think it blocks out a whole lot of light. He doesnt really go to the top much... He's usually hovering over the rocks trying to pick out his lunch. heh
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go for the sixline. They are great fish. While they can be jumpers, the risk is little. It should help control your bristlem population and be very happy in the meantime.
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Thanks a lot guys. I think I might go out there tommorow and grab the sixline. I only saw one, so hopefully it'll still be there. The problem is really a serious one! They are everywhere! Then I'll swing over to Home Depot sometime this week and see if they carry eggcrate.
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I think that bristle worms get a bad rap. I think it's mainly because they look so nasty. They are excellent detritus removers (or process detritus), and they generally don't harm the tank in my experience. I've heard they do eat at some kinds of corals, though-hence the bad rap I guess...

I know I have a few in my 55gal. I get rid of them if they are in excess of 7 inches or so. It sounds like you have too many in your tank, though.

Can anyone else chime in on the cons of bristle worms?
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Can anyone else chime in on the cons of bristle worms?
I agree that bristles are a sign of a healthy tank. They do a great job at helping with the cleaning process. however, as mentioned, too much of a good thing can be...not so good.
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