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Old 11-05-2012, 01:40 AM   #31
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Did you google "pineapple sponge"?
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:48 PM   #32
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Thats what they are! Thank you! ok i am relieved
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:16 PM   #33
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Now I found some type of long reddish brown worm with bristles on the end. And little white ant things, some type of pods i am guessing. Tried getting pic of the worm but the flash went off and poof it vanished.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:27 PM   #34
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Google bristle worm.
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Bristles only on an end? That's odd. Maybe a feather duster without its tube? Random factoid. Feather dusters are also bristle worms.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:16 AM   #36
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Figured out that they are somevtype of pineapple sponge. This tank is amazing! In the past week i have seen some type of worm maybe? It was about 4 inches long reddish brown and tubular. It had no legs and only bristles at the tip. I tried to get a pic but as soon as the flash went off BAM it was gone. There are little clearish ant things on the glass. Some type of pod im guessing and tonight i just found a snail! From research in the internet it is a stomatella (spelling?). Never thought I would anticipate getting home and looking at a tank for an hour searching for new life. I need a bigger tank.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:41 AM   #37
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Figured out that they are somevtype of pineapple sponge. This tank is amazing! In the past week i have seen some type of worm maybe? It was about 4 inches long reddish brown and tubular. It had no legs and only bristles at the tip. I tried to get a pic but as soon as the flash went off BAM it was gone. There are little clearish ant things on the glass. Some type of pod im guessing and tonight i just found a snail! From research in the internet it is a stomatella (spelling?). Never thought I would anticipate getting home and looking at a tank for an hour searching for new life. I need a bigger tank.
Haha!! I think everyone who gets into SW at some point says "I need a bigger tank." Lol. It's exciting, isn't it? Just wait until you get actual fish and corals! Then you're hooked for sure!! Lol BTW, that's likely a bristle worm that you saw. Theres another type called a fireworm, but they're less common and aren't easily scared. As long as it doesn't get too big, it's fine; they eat dead stuff and detritus. Just don't touch it cuz the bristles can cause a rash and hurt kinda like having fiberglass in your skin from what I've heard. Welcome to the world of SW!!
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I actually wrote an article about bristle worms. It's in the articles section of this site. Bristleworm and fireworm are interchangeable umbrella terms for polychaete worms.
That being said, as Beengirl stated, most polychaete worms are beneficial and no cause for concern. In fact, I would go so far as to say that an absence of bristle worms would be a serious problem. They are the best cleaners you'll ever find!
The "ants" you described sound like copepods. Again, a good thing. Stomatella snails are efficient little herbivores that will breed readily in our tanks. In terms of hitch hikers and 'accidental' life in our tanks, very few are cause for concern. Mantis shrimp, red bugs (if you keep sps), majano, and aiptasia anemone, for example. But for the most part, finding new life forms is indication of healthy biodiversity.
I totally understand how you feel. Even now, I stare at my tank up close to watch the tiny life forms. Mysid shrimp, copepods, amphipods, worms, stomatella, chitons, limpets, etc. It is really amazing.
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Tank as it sits now.


Impulse buy. Can anyone identify it and advise me on care. I usually research my purchases but for 6 dollars I could not resist.
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Longspine urchin. Diadema family. If memory serves me, they are considered reef safe. Their spines are venomous, however, so be careful handling.
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