Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Identification
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-28-2002, 11:19 PM   #1
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7,224
Send a message via Yahoo to Hara
Bristleworm?

Lat night I did some swapping around in my freshwater tanks and ended up clearing my 30 gallon. I moved the contents of the 10 gallon crab, copopod tank to the 30.

After lights out, I went in and was looking with the flashlight. I saw what I think is a bristleworm, crawling across the top of the sand bed. It was at least 6 inches long. Do they get that big?
__________________

__________________
Hara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2002, 11:35 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Posts: 1,022
Send a message via AIM to Anemoneman Send a message via Yahoo to Anemoneman
There are several species. They can get much larger. Normally they are beneficial detrivores. If larger ones make you nervous remove them, it won't hurt.

Mark
__________________

__________________
Anemoneman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2002, 12:32 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Lakewood, NJ
Posts: 471
I have what I think is a bristle worm in my 75gal. never saw it on top only from the bottom of the tank. Its approx. half the length of my tank.
Other then moving sand around on the bottom I have never seen it come out of the sand.
__________________
John

75 gal. Reef & 30 gal. Anemone Tanks.

I get paid for what I may have to do, Not for what I do!
EMS503 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2002, 12:44 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 7,224
Send a message via Yahoo to Hara
If it isn't going to hurt anything, I will leave it alone.

Why do some people try to remove them all if they are a good detrivore?
What is the down side to them?

In a few months, I hope to have this 30 gallon be a seahorse tank.
Will they be an issue then?
__________________
Hara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2002, 10:10 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Western NY
Posts: 610
Send a message via ICQ to Bang Guy
There are a few predatory Bristleworms. They are fairly rare though.

The myth of the killer Bristleworm might have come from the fact that they are extremely efficient detrivores. They can detect when an animal has died almost immediatly. This places them at a carcass usually before the aquarist realizes they have a dead animal.

A very common story is with Maxima Clams. Maxima's look pretty good right up until they are totally dead. So, an aquarist goes to bed after seeing their clam looking pretty good. They wake up to an empty shell ful of Bristleworms. Of course they would blame the worms... they didn't do anything wrong

Keep yourBristleworms unless you see them eating something that's still alive.
__________________
If you wake up breathing CONGRATULATIONS!!! You get another chance to do it right.
Bang Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2002, 11:32 AM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,256
Send a message via ICQ to fishfreek Send a message via AIM to fishfreek Send a message via MSN to fishfreek Send a message via Yahoo to fishfreek
I have some pics of my bristleworms in the 20 as a sticky in this forum. They are also in the Photo Gallery under their own gallery for common to be identified items.
__________________

__________________
Remember dont tap the glass, your fish will think you're an idiot -Anonymous mother

Check out our articles area. 30+ Aquatic articles for your enjoyment
Are you in or around the Shenandoah Valley area? If so click here to join our regional forum.
fishfreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bristleworm

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bristleworm MarkW19 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 10-04-2007 12:18 PM
bristleworm?? scrmom Saltwater & Reef - Identification 2 10-02-2006 04:05 AM
bristleworm talloulou Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 11 12-17-2005 11:40 AM
bristleworm ellisz Saltwater & Reef - Identification 2 08-24-2004 01:05 PM
Bristleworm... millipede Saltwater & Reef - Identification 8 02-11-2003 11:56 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.