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    Bristle Worms

    Hey everyone i've been seeing a lot of bristle worms in my tank. I want to know if something eats them(which is reef safe) or what is the best way to remove them .thanks

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    as long as they are actually bristle worms, the population will be controlled by what and how much you feed. they aren't much to look at but they do serve their purpose :b2:
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    i think thats what they are? They are fuzzy grey/pink and look like a centipede with all those little legs. I compared them to a picture online? I read that they get very big and create havoc in the aquarium eating small crustaceans and attack corals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by igotit8869 View Post
    i think thats what they are? They are fuzzy grey/pink and look like a centipede with all those little legs. I compared them to a picture online? I read that they get very big and create havoc in the aquarium eating small crustaceans and attack corals.
    I've had large numbers in my tank for years. They're disgusting little creatures but as has been pointed out, they serve a useful addition to your cleaning crew. They won't touch your corals, inverts or livestock - unless they're dead and then they become dinner. The maximum length has only been around 2" in my tank.

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    thanks for the help guys! i've been reading books and all these experts keep contradicting themselves

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    Quote Originally Posted by igotit8869 View Post
    thanks for the help guys! i've been reading books and all these experts keep contradicting themselves

    bristles are fine but there are several other species of worm you wouldn't want to have , like a fireworm. they look quite a bit like a bristle but there are a few easy to see differences and i have definitely seen them mislabelled before.
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    It's the same thing with me as with Nelson. I have a whole bunch, but they seem to do absolutely nothing as far as I can see.
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    check out this thread on RC

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    My wife would never go near the tank again! She hates the small ones... can't imagine what she would think seeing this puppy!
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    I've had them in all my setups and think they are a freat addition(as long as they do not get too large).

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