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Old 07-20-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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Holly Molly - Bristle Worm!

So I turned my aquarium light out awhile ago ... but just walked back into the room that we have our aquarium in and flipped on the overhead light. Wow! - to our surprise we saw at least a 8" bristol worm making his way over the live rock.

Any concern with a bristle worm this big? Keep him, trap him, extract him? Could a critter this big make a meal of a shrimp or fish?
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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I'd leave it in there. Just wear gloves when handling the rock.
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I consider them a great part of my clean up crew. Some folks will remove the larger ones, but I have never taken one out of my tank.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:40 AM   #4
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Ask Ziggy about how it feels to get a bristle worm quill in your finger. Wear gloves at least. For my money, I would try to get it out of there.
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does it hurt? or sting or soemthing? Is it lethal? Also.. i always had a question about the inhabitants of the LR.. wont they try and clime out of the tank and run away or something? I've seen alot of tanks without hoods.. and have just a light fixture up top.
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I have a bunch of worms in my tank but none that big. I would take the big one out just because it is UGLY.

HMMMM.....how big would the six-line have to be to eat a 8" brissle worm??? lol.
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does it hurt? or sting or soemthing? Is it lethal? Also.. i always had a question about the inhabitants of the LR.. wont they try and clime out of the tank and run away or something? I've seen alot of tanks without hoods.. and have just a light fixture up top.

They will not try and run away. OK maybe a few suicidal snails will try.....
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They will not try and run away. OK maybe a few suicidal snails will try.....

ROFLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Suicidal Snails!! hahahahaha. Thats way too funny. My tank is in my room so i think it would be kindof creepy to wake up with a snail right next to your face lol.
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Nahhh they won't make it that far. They'll be lucky if they reach the carpet before they croak.
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Lol.. its when they hit the carpet that they know they're goners. The carpet would suck up all their moisture! lol. funny mental pictures.
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