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Old 03-21-2012, 07:48 AM   #11
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Ohh well, sounded like a good idea, just have to tell the wife, we'll need a whole new setup for her seahorses! Cool!
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I know. I wanted to do the same thing until I read up on it. But horses need low flow and lower temperatures, nothing that can sting them, and nothing that will outcompete them for food. I'll have seahorses eventually, but not anytime soon.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:01 PM   #13
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That looks like a fire bristle worm and will kill every thing in your tank. It could be a normal bristle worm which is not as bad but it will kill anything it touches. They come from the live rocks that you buy for salt water tanks. I found one in my tank and was told that it was okay because it was not a fire worm which is a lot of crap. It killed all my starfish and they love dottyback fish. They grow huge, mine grew over a foot long before I got rid of it. You need to take the rock out that you found it in because they reproduce fast and you might of only got part of it.
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It can be difficult to identify worm species from one picture, but that looks like a common bristle worm to me. I have dozens of them, some are up to 4 inches long and never bother anything. It is possible that it's a dangerous species, but I doubt it.
Unless you actually see it acting threatening, I'd ignore it. Panic helps no one.
Bristle worms do not kill everything they touch. There is a lot of misinformation about them. When they get very large they can become predacious, but they're fairly harmless most of the time. Just don't touch them because the bristles can hurt.
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That looks like a fire bristle worm and will kill every thing in your tank. It could be a normal bristle worm which is not as bad but it will kill anything it touches. They come from the live rocks that you buy for salt water tanks. I found one in my tank and was told that it was okay because it was not a fire worm which is a lot of crap. It killed all my starfish and they love dottyback fish. They grow huge, mine grew over a foot long before I got rid of it. You need to take the rock out that you found it in because they reproduce fast and you might of only got part of it.
This is not true. A fireworm (you don't have one btw) will not kill whatever it touches and they cannot catch healthy fish. Common bristle worms don't grow to a foot long.
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The only reason you think it killed your livestock is because it died and then the worm scavenged it, that's what they're really good for.
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