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    Bristle worms

    at what point do you consider bristle worms to be out of hand? I know that they can get quite large, and the ones in my tanks are about 3 inches at most, but they just seem to be every where that I look. They crawl up under the flesh of my open brain, they are EVERY WHERE!!! should I start trying to pull some out? will it even matter? will they harm my corals or just keep my substrate clean. :help:

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    An explosion of Bristle Worms is indicative of excess feeding. If you cut back on their food supply, their population will reduce. "been there, done that" :wink5:

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    I woouldnt worry about the 1-3 inch ones, i only worry about the 1-3 FEET ones. Ive dried out Pieces of live rock to kill them before.

    I Hate them. there is one that bothers my Pistol Shrimp Early hours of the morning, he starts to SNAP REALL REALLY LOUD.


    One tried to attack my face when i was moving my tank and putting rock in the rubbermaids. thing came out and UP at me!
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    Wow, I've never really worried about them. I have a few large ones that managed to hide from the fish, but aside from being creepy looking they don't hurt anything & they help keep the tank clean.

    The baby's are butterfly food & soon to be wrasse food...

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    Do the furry bristles sting fish? I saw my Blennie grab a bristle worm off a rock today. He dropped it prety quick and did not try again. Although he did keep an eye on its progress back to safety.

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    Not all fish like eating them. The worm's bristles are a defense mechanism, so that's likely a piece of the equation, but I suspect some fish just don't like the way they taste.

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    I once put a new on the end of my syphon to catch all the small worms/pods, I kept them in a cup for an hour after a did the watr change, then was going to put them in the tank for a wonderful live feeding frenzy. some, the fish spit out the worms and the pods moved so fast back down on the rock that the fish coundlt catch them

    i was really really disappointed
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