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Old 10-28-2008, 03:24 AM   #11
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I see them mostly around the rock but have seen some burrows along the tank's glass. I agree, I consider them a great addition to my clean up crew.
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:23 AM   #12
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They're nasty! How do I get rid of them?

get i copperband and it will all be gone in minutes thats what i did. and now i love my copperband. but it will eat all your mini feather duster too if you have them.
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And it may starve like mine did. I could not get mine to eat anything other than dusters and aiptasia....Just be careful and make sure it is eating prepared food from your LFS (ask them to feed it).
I haven't seen mine eat bristleworms either. Are you sure you aren't thinking of wrasses?
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I know they also make traps for them but as stated above they are good janitors for your tank.
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They can and will dig down into the sand. For the most part though they will be found in and about your rocks. If you turn a rock over in the tank you will see several of them. They do pack a nasty sting but they are great at what they do and that is eating left over stuff.
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And it may starve like mine did. I could not get mine to eat anything other than dusters and aiptasia....Just be careful and make sure it is eating prepared food from your LFS (ask them to feed it).
I haven't seen mine eat bristleworms either. Are you sure you aren't thinking of wrasses?
yes i am sure mine is a copperband it finish all the bristle worm from my tank in about 30 mins but like you said just make sure you ask the seller to feed the fish just to make sure it is eating cause its hard to get these guys to start eating but i never experienced this myself just heard of it.

you can also try a raccoon butterfly they seem to work on bristle's to my bro just got one but im gonna take it back because its nipping at my poylps
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The name bristle worm is a label loosely applied to describe all Polychaete class marine worms, but it is members of the Fire worms Amphinomidae family that have earned the name of being what most aquarists consider to be true bristle worms. These Fire worms are errant carnivores that can cause much damage in a reef tank. They bare toxic bristles on their bodies that can inflict a sting of a very painful degree, posses strong jaws for feeding, and can reproduce quite rapidly. Many people will not be aware of their importance because they are almost exclusively marine creatures. They are extremely abundant. Mud dwelling forms are the main food of many shore birds.
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Hmmmmm, I disagree on the fireworm remarks. Of the 100+ species of Amphinomidae, most are beneficial scavengers among few actual predatory and/or parasitic. They technically don't even have jaws, but their pharynx contains a rasp-like appendage or even "tongue." From what I understand, most of the corralivores come from the Atlantic.
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Welcome to the site!
I agree with James, the true problem causers do have ripping/griping jaws for catching and killing prey. Most common tank hitch hikers are of the type that are carnivores but more of the (bah, it's been a long day.....carrion/scavanger types....sorry I couldn't come up with the name)....
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