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Old 06-18-2003, 04:24 PM   #1
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Opinions on bristle worms

I was wondering what you guys think about bristle worms. I have heard good things about them and bad things about them. I have quite a large population of them in my tank, and I know that they rid the sand of uneaten food. I saw a HUGE monster bristle worm last night. If all the worms get that size, its going to look quite scary in my tank after dark. I have no problem with leaving them there, as long as they pose no threat to my fish. I've seen some of the fish suck smaller worms into their mouths and spit them back out like its no big deal, but I've also seen my cleaner shrimp step on a worm and jump straight up like its surprised or something. So what do you think about these worms?
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Old 06-18-2003, 04:27 PM   #2
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Old 06-18-2003, 04:32 PM   #3
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Seriously, I think the are beneficial detrivores and should be left in the tank.
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How huge was the monster? I mean as far as lenght and width?
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It was probably about 5 inches long and about as big around as a drinking straw. It was gray in color. Most of the ones that I have are pink.
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5" HaHa, child's play

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In the picture he is stretched out to close to a foot long, but is normally just a plump 8" or so. His "little" brothers are catching up fast. They do an amazing job at cleaning up extra food, and I have little doubt that they could save a tank if a fish was to pass overnight unnoticed.
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I agree with Hoops and Keven they are great scavengers and detritus eaters. Here a pic of one a friend down the road caught, It was just under 7 feet long. Its not a bristle but a memeber of the eunice family but a huge worm all the same to find in your tank


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Oh my gosh! That is one HUGE worm!!! Did you guys put it back in?
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No not this one it was eating corals and have been known to go after small fish


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Man, I would set up a tank just for that guy. That is a large large worm.
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