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Old 12-02-2003, 03:43 PM   #1
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what is it?

found this today, he crawled under the rock and disappeared. is it a bristle worm? if so, are they bad?
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It looks like a bristle worm. Whether they are bad or not depends on the person. They do eat up some bad stuff in the tank, but if I remember correctly they can hurt a reef, that is if you've got one. I also know that they can get huge if eating well and not hunted. How big do you think it is?
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it was about 2 inches long.
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:53 PM   #4
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whoops I made a mistake and am back with better info! They apparently are reef beneficial. The reason why some people don;t like them is because they "supposedly" like to kill clams. But they honestly do get VERY large.. they stories I usually red about are currently reaching 12 inches.

here is a link to some info. http://www.rshimek.com/reef/OnlineArticles.htm

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thanks for the link. do you think that it's a bristle worm though?
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:58 PM   #6
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it is definitely a bistleworm
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My newbie opinion? I think so.. that or a mouth of a clam under the rocks but remember... I am a newb in satwater world
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definately not a clam because i watched it crawl from inside the rock then under it. reefrunner, could you give me some more info on them?
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bristle worms are benificial detrivores, there are only a couple of bristle worms that ae considered predatory on sessile inverts. IMO, smaller bristleworms (less than 6") are one of the most important parts of your clean up crew
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it is a brstle worm for sure!!
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