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Old 02-16-2005, 01:44 PM   #1
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Where to buy Cirratulinid or Terebellid worms?

My g/f got another animal without researching it, on the advice of our LFS that tends to place sales over survival. They claimed this beautiful snail would sift through the sand and eat algae.


Sadly, it doesn't eat algae. I'm fairly certain it's a Hydatina Zonata. Species of Hydatina are very specialised worm feeders, eating only cirratulid polychaete worms. Since it does a wonderful job churning up the sand though, I'd like to try keeping it.

Here's what it eats in nature 8O : http://bugs.bio.usyd.edu.au/Polychaetes/cirratulid.jpg

This is the best advice I've found so far, suggesting using baitworms as a substitute: http://www.seaslugforum.net/display.cfm?id=1690

Anyone have any success feeding anything to a Hydatina?

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Old 02-16-2005, 04:08 PM   #2
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You might try contacting http://ipsf.com they seem to specialize in these kinds of critters. Not sure if they will have hair or spaghetti worms or even if it will be cost effective. Worth a try though.

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Awesome, they have em. http://ipsf.com/#anchor37692
$20 for 6 captive bred worms, and they reproduce in the tank.
It's just the $32 shipping charge that kills it.
Time to ask the g/f if she wants to spend $9 a meal on this guy.
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Spaghetti worms reproduce fairly well in my setup, but I don't think they could support any kind of predation. My setup is so small that I couldn't remove very many, very quickly...
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