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Old 03-17-2004, 09:58 PM   #1
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Detrivore, Im assuming

At the base of one of my rocks is a weird thingy. It is either a many armed (15-20) beastie or LOTS of worms coming out of the same hole. This is what happens - Occassionally during the day you will see hair sized long (4 in min) "tentacle" coming out from a spot under the rock. They latch onto detrius and quickly pull it back to the hole. They look pinkish red, and have no hair or markings. At night LOTS of these arms come out and go in all directions, pulling stuff back to the hole Which is immediatly at the base of the rock, where the sand meets it.

It isnt hurting anything, and seems to be eating detrius. Any ideas what this might be?
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Old 03-17-2004, 10:08 PM   #2
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Sounds like Vermitid Snails.. If you got the rock from liverocks.com then you probably have alot more than you can see LOL.. Harmless creature IMO..

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Sounds more like spaghetti worms to me here is a pic...



You can find more info at the hitchhikers faq...

http://www.reefs.org/hhfaq

They are detrivores and not detrimental, I see them in my tank often.
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my guess is they are what i mentioned before..


Here is a pic..


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lol To me that looks like spaghetti worms. I stand by guess :P . It was my understanding that Vermetid snails only send a mucous "spider" web out from the calcerous tubes to filter for and trap food and then pull it back in. I bet I have a hundred vermetids growing over everything in my tanks. Here is a link to an article by Ron Shimek discussing Vermetids

http://www.aquarium.net/0897/0897_8.shtml
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yes they are.I looked it up after you guys helped me
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Old 03-18-2004, 01:17 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, looks like spagetti worms to me now that Ive seen other pictures
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