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Old 01-18-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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Bristleworms

I am wondering about bristleworms.I don't have one in my system but I saw an article about them.As from I read they are very bad and attack anemones and corals.But it never said how to get rid of them.So how do you get rid of them???
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Where did you read that they are bad?

They are beneficial creatures that eat left over food/junk in your tank and sift through the sand eating junk as they go.

If you really want to get rid of them try a arrow crab or 6 line wrasse, but I wouldn't remove them as they do far more good than harm IMO.
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The only bad thing i've heard about with them is that they can irritate your skin if you root around in the substrate with bare hands. If you really want rid of them, I heard of a trap involving pantyhose and meat. Anyone have the specifics of that trap?
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Yes, belive me tey do hurt if you happen grab one...I get about 2-3 spines a week at work.

The panty hose trick is to take a little piece of meat and place it inside the pantyhose. The prob the end open with a little stick. The bristle worm will enter to get the food and get all tangled up in the pantyhose.

There is a company that makes traps but I forget who it is...I'll check at work tomorrow.
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Old 01-18-2005, 11:35 PM   #5
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Bristleworms have such a bad reputation. Even my LFS tried to sell me some crazy worm trap and seemed really panicked that they were all over my tank. I have never seen them do anything but eat leftover food and junk. Also, watch out for those arrow crabs, I had to return one due to the fact that when he couldn't find anything to eat he would attack snails, shrimp, and finally a green chromis.
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if you do see a bristleworm you will properly have about 2000 of them, they reproduce so fast and you will never know about it, anyways imo, i think they do more goods than harm, as patm said, they eat away all the left over and sometime dead fish that are inside the hole of a live rock and they move the sand bed around.
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well it was some sort of worm as you guys say.It can come in live rock and will drain the nutrients from your tank.Its was a brownish tan color and the fuzzy spine stuff was a kinda dark red.But the faq said that they WILL attack and KILL anemones and corals.
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But the faq said that they WILL attack and KILL anemones and corals.
What FAQ was that? Link?

Some worms are predaceous but the key is getting the correct ID. Most of what you will see in general will be comepletely harmless. It would be quite a few years before your typical bristleworm could get large enough to become a concern. Even then, they are controlable as long as the tank is not overfed.

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I've got a bristol worm in my tank that is as big around as a pencil. I see it all the time and it's not skiddish at all, I've seen is physically touch an lps coral (a frogspawn) and it didn't even close when it touched it. So, I highly doubt that bristol worms are going to do anything to your corals.
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The bristol fire worms do though! There is a picture of one in my gallery chewing on my colt coral. Looks just like a hairy caterpillar (not sure how the spell that ) I had two that I took out of my tank, they were so large that I had to catch them with the largest fish net I have 8O
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