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Old 01-21-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Worm thing on my Chile sponge!

Just came home and went to love my new chile sponge and panicked when I saw a creepy crawly worm on it. I can't confirm if it is a bristle worm or not as it's not as brown as in the pictures I have seen. What is this thing and what should I do? Haven't see any in the tank and have separated the sponge. Only found one so far. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-21-2014, 06:01 PM   #2
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I meant move not love. Lol
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:26 PM   #3
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That kinda looks like a mantis shrimp.
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It was moving like a worm or centipede before I got it with the tweezers.
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:30 PM   #5
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Maybe some type of big amphipod. But it really does look like a tiny mantis shrimp
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Should I be concerned either way?
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:26 PM   #7
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Nah you took it out. Should be fine
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Should I assume this was the only one and there isn't a swarm of them in my tank hiding? Do they usually travel in packs? I don't do well with wormy bug looking things.
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Ok there are more. Big ones and small ones. Deff not bristle worms. Here's a pic of a live one. Click image for larger version

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That's an amphipod and good for your tank.
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Ok thanks so much. There are quite a few of them. Will mandarin eat them?
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Do you already have the mandarin?
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I do. A dragonet. Bought him from a not so nice lfs where I didn't think he would make it another week. I've had him going on three weeks now.
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Ah ok yes they will to an extent. Not the huge ones but medium to small ones yes
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Ok now I'm almost positive I have bristle worms. Am I right? Click image for larger version

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If that is what these are do I need to get rid of them?
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Nope they are harmless
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Ok. Thanks. I was worried for a minute as I know you can buy traps for these guys at the lfs.
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