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Jinx 05-14-2013 03:33 PM

Bristle Worms
The 29 gal modified BioCube aquarium that I inherited already came with its own family of bristle worms. It was an established tank and had been sadly neglected and plagued with purple slime. Now I have been told multiple times that these bristle worms are good helpers for the sand. I've lost 3 turbo nails, 2 skunk shrimp, and 3 peppermint shrimp. I have seen the bristle worms ease up to the snails or shrimp and I'm guessing give a sting by the reaction of the victim. Sometimes it's more than one worm ganging up on a lil critter. The worms keep easing up when the opportunity comes available and like with this last shrimp it would kick at him and the worms would duck away before coming at him again. Perhaps my bristle worm population out numbers the food resources in the sand? Any suggestions/advice?

Jinx 05-14-2013 04:24 PM

Can someone offer at least another direction for me to get help on this topic?

furrymurray 05-14-2013 04:40 PM

They have bristle worm trap but I have never used them. One way I have got bristle worms out is when the lights are dim put a piece of silver side etc inside the tank where u can reach it. Sit back and wait with a pair of tweezer. When they come out snatch them up :)

Jinx 05-14-2013 04:42 PM

So they very well can be a nuisance and not so much the sand saints made out to be?

furrymurray 05-14-2013 04:43 PM

They can be. A few are ok but if they are killing live stock then there is an issue.

Jinx 05-14-2013 05:10 PM

Now what is the bait you use? I'm not a pro at this yet.

furrymurray 05-14-2013 05:17 PM

Silver sides. It is frozen fish used to feed fish and anemones etc. you can also shrimp from the grocery store. Raw shrimp might be better just because the worms would recognize the scent easier.

Jinx 05-14-2013 05:35 PM

Oh ok cool. Thanks bunches you're great :D

furrymurray 05-14-2013 05:40 PM

No problem. Good luck :)

jeffaquarius 05-15-2013 01:01 AM

Are you sure they are Bristle worms? There worms that do kill snails and other critters.

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