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Old 04-11-2004, 09:15 PM   #1
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how do i get rid of bristle/fireworms for good?

i was wondering what is the best way to get rid of bristle/fireworms so i dont have to worry about them anymore.i've heard about natural predators like arrow crabs and using traps can someone help me out?
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Old 04-11-2004, 09:22 PM   #2
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Bristle worms are in my opinion more beneficial than harmful. They are detrivores the contantly stir your sandbed. Fireworms, on the other hand are a PITA. Other than traps and natural predators there in no sure fire way. Other than building a sterile environment with dry sand and base rock seeding with only the critters and life you want.

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Old 04-11-2004, 09:26 PM   #3
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Check these links out:

http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/msu...aa102198_2.htm

http://nucalf.physics.fsu.edu/pfohl/Fish/Reefs/bristle

I agree with Sumphead.
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Coral banded shrimp like them, also some pseudochromis like the purple friedmani, etc. I agree with the above posts, I'd actually like to add some to my tank, as of now I have none.
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Old 04-12-2004, 06:30 PM   #5
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I agree. The idea that bristleworms are bad for your tank is either old school thinking or a saltwater old wives tale, imo. It always makes me happy to see a bristleworm poking its head out of the rocks...
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I belive they get a bad wrap sometimes for eating critters that are sick or dead already and people think the bristle worm killed it. I agree they are very beneficial, just don't touch them with your bare hands 8O
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Old 04-12-2004, 07:28 PM   #7
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I think a six line wrasse will eat fireworms but they will also attack bristles so be careful!
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