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Old 07-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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bristle worms

Hi all.. I'm somewhat new to the hobby.. (2 yrs or so. First year with a fowlr). I have recently noticed a decent amount of bristle worms in my 150 gal. reef. Largest I've seen is maybe 1.5". I've seen some posts who say leave them and others say get them out. What's the consensus here? Should they stay or should they go?
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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Hi it's up two you really as dont do any harm and clean areas where other cuc can't get too. If your feeding a lot there numbers will increase and can make or buy traps to keep there numbers down.
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If you have them and see them it's time to make a trap before they get out of hand, you don't need pests to clean your tank!
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That sounds like a plan. I try not to over feed but... I've read about the traps. I'll keep them in mind if I start seeing a lot. Thx.
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Hmmm, K.. I'll make traps.. I'm guessing they can quickly get out of hand? I don't need any trouble makers. I've been working too hard to figure this stuff out. The way I see it there's no chance of a worm related problem without worms but at least a small chance with. I'll go without. Thx.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:54 PM   #6
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Bristols are a sign of a heathy tank. If you have a population problem it is due to over feeding. Feed less and over time the population will subside.
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Imo i pull them out. Dont want to touch it if i plan on redoing my aquascape
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Word... I don't pull them out but I rarely see them.
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Bristols are a sign of a heathy tank. If you have a population problem it is due to over feeding. Feed less and over time the population will subside.


This is correct and they are nothing to worry about. People call them pests, remove them, and then go out and spend lots of money on crabs and snails to do the same thing. It doesn't make much sense to me.
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I leave mine in the tank. They are great janitors and help clean the tank. Just dont overfeed the tank and you'll keep the numbers in check.
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