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Old 10-04-2006, 12:15 PM   #1
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Where did my feather duster go???

OK so one of my big feather dusters vanished yesterday.....was there in the morning, now I have just an empty tube. I had just moved it the night before. I've only got two small crabs and a small 6 line wrasse in the tank....the other duster is fine, and I found absolutely no evidence of "pieces" anywhere....could he have left the tube and is hiding in the substrate?? The tank does smell a little like low tide which also makes me nervous.....
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If they are not in a "comfortable" place (lots of current, with protection provided for the tube) The tubeworms can and will relocate themselves, typically discarding the old tube, only to make a new one.
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I have read that they can leave their tube if stressed. If he's still alive, he can build a new tube. The wrasse or crabs may try to eat him, but hopefully you'll see him soon!
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You stated in your post that you had moved him the night before. Evidently he did not like it where he was moved to.
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I agree with the others. It probably didn't like where it was moved to. You will likely find a new tube shortly.
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Either that or your bristleworms arent hungry anymore!
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Old 10-04-2006, 06:05 PM   #7
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Ok, that makes me feel a little better....I really didn't want the poor guy to get eaten by anything! It's amazing, though, that a 3" worm can hide to the point of invisibility in such a small tank.

Bristleworms? hah....not with a 6 line wrasse! he eats anything moving that he can fit in his mouth, and a few things he can't! Fortunately my dusters are bigger than he is, and he ignores them completely; I don't think they move enough and are just more of the scenery to the wrasse.
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OK, so still no duster.....I'm starting to think that he really has gone to the fishtank in the sky... How long should it take a duster to make a new tube if in fact he's still in there?
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If it has chosen an area behind your rockwork to reside, you may never actually see it!
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Try moving the old tube back to its old location? if he is stil; searchin for a spot, he may revisit it?
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