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Old 03-11-2005, 09:02 AM   #1
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Bristleworm vs mushroom

Do bristleworms eat or damage mushrooms? I pulled a large worm out of the hole where my single blue mushroom is, and the mushroom hasn't expanded again since (two days ago). I can still see the shroom, but it's shriveled up in the hole in the rock.

The BW is now in my sump. I'm not sure I got all of it, though, but now he's buried in the refugium sand, I guess, so I won't know until he comes up again ("Tremors" ????)

30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:10 AM   #2
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My BW was banished to the same fate for the same indiscretion. One day my hubby was watching the tank and saw the BW take a huge bite out of our frilly shroom. He snatched the little bugger right out of the tank and put him in our QT where he's be coexisting with the rest of our refugees. We're in the process of setting up a fuge and he'll go in there. Shame too because he was really a beautiful creature and I miss having him in the main! Just not enough to risk my frilly!


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Old 03-11-2005, 12:00 PM   #3
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Some species of bristle worms do eat corals. If you catch them munching on a healthy coral it would be best to remove it completely from the system because they can multiple.
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