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Old 07-29-2004, 03:19 PM   #1
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my first death =(

I lost my wonderful silver feather duster today and I am trying to figure out why. My other feather duster seems to be doing well, he reacts to light changes and movement and all his feather are large and full. All my water parameters test fine. I did notice a rather long thin black and tan striped worm at the base of the duster tube. The feather duster crawled out of his tube during the night and I believe he is dead. I am leaving the tube and the duster in the aquarium over the course of the day to make sure. I feed my tanke Kent phytoplex twice a week to make sure the dusters have food. All my small dusters on my live rock are growing like crazy, some have even doubled in size during a two week period!
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Old 07-29-2004, 05:06 PM   #2
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Any peppermint shrimp in the tank? A bothersome worm can do the same for sure.

It's more than possible the duster is simpley looking for a new home. As long as the main flesh of the worm is still a fairly deap red, it should be alive and well. What I find helps is to bury the body in the substrate or better still a crevace in the rock with med-low flow. These guys will continue to hop their tubes or cast off the crown if the flow is too aggressive.

It should only take it a few short days to regrow a new tube.

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I have three peppermint shrimp, will they bother my feather dusters? I have not noticed any casualties. The worms color is still deep brown, so is there hope?
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Hmm interesting. I lost a duster the other day too. Found him on the substrate being eating by one of my tiger gobies...
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Old 07-29-2004, 10:08 PM   #5
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I have three peppermint shrimp, will they bother my feather dusters?
Yes, peppermints have a tendancey to "snack" on dusters. Usually the smaller wee ones but they can irritate larger ones enough they will evactuate their tubes or cast their crowns.

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The worms color is still deep brown, so is there hope?
Provided it's in a safe place where it can regrow it's tube, it should recover. The only real reason it wouldn't is mabye water quality or as noted above, predacean.

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