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Old 02-04-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hey I am starting a new saltwater tank I have a friend that will ship the rock overnight.the rock is coming out of his tank that is a couple years old do you think I will have any problem putting it in the tank that I will start up when it comes in.Thanks Vince

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Old 02-05-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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If he don't have undesirable hitchhiker in his tank, then that should be fine, they do great job for filtration.
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What kind of hitchhikers should I look for thanks

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Fireworms are not good, also have to watch out for aptasia..if there are lots of them I would try and scale them off and treat with aptasia X to rid the rock
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At least aiptasia is easy to get rid of...
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What are fireworms?!?!?!?
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Fireworms are not good, also have to watch out for aptasia..if there are lots of them I would try and scale them off and treat with aptasia X to rid the rock
You almost never see fireworms...only bristleworms. All bristles are good to have, in reality, as they are great members of the clean up crew in your tank. When you see someone posting a picture of a huge worm as a fireworm, it is really a bristle and they have a really big problem with overfeeding.

You have to cycle the tank anyway. Just throw the rock in with a raw shrimp to start the process.
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You almost never see fireworms...only bristleworms. All bristles are good to have, in reality, as they are great members of the clean up crew in your tank. When you see someone posting a picture of a huge worm as a fireworm, it is really a bristle and they have a really big problem with overfeeding.

You have to cycle the tank anyway. Just throw the rock in with a raw shrimp to start the process.
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Fireworms and bristleworms are kinda interchangeable terms for any polychaete worm with sharp setae. The only true fireworm is Hermodice carunculata which like hank said rarely appears in our tanks.
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You almost never see fireworms...only bristleworms. All bristles are good to have, in reality, as they are great members of the clean up crew in your tank. When you see someone posting a picture of a huge worm as a fireworm, it is really a bristle and they have a really big problem with overfeeding.

You have to cycle the tank anyway. Just throw the rock in with a raw shrimp to start the process.

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Correct. That is the difference. But, rarely seen. I've never seen one personally and only ID'd one through the forum. That is 1/1000 and most tanks just have overfed bristle worms. Bribo is right with his statements as well. Something so rare isn't anything to worry about.
Vince, have you received your new rock yet?
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