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    Bristle Worms?

    Hello this is my first post here on Aquaria Canada. I'm new to the whole Saltwater aquarium hobby (actually this is my first aquarium!!) and I have a couple of question about bristle worms. Do they harm things in your tank namely corals and fish? What can get to get rid of them if they are bad (from what I hear they are!!)

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    They are not a problem to corals and great free food for some fish!

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    Thanks alot. This is such a great hobby!!!I think I got the bug!!!

    Cheers,
    Mike
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

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    They also help keep your tank clean!!!

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    I agree bristle worms are a good thing.
    But some are not so nice, namely the fire-worm type, you'll know these by their red coloration, don't touch them, and remove them.

    BTW good to have you on board....
    "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
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    keep them! usless they start to over take your tank, then you can cut down the population. however they are very benificail for your tank. keep the questions comming. and welcome to the board!

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    the future population of bristleworms in your tank will depend on feeding. dont overfeed your tank and you should be fine. they are great to have up to certain numbers, so dont worry when you see em. good luck and WELCOME :dance: :bounce: :beer:

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    how do I know what a fire worm is and a Bristle worm?The 2 thats I've seen in my tank now look red to me.
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

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    If I remember correctly, very few aquariums get the fire worms.

    Here is some info from Dr. Ron on Reef Central answering a similar question "See my three part series in the March, 2004, through May, 2004, issues of Reefkeeping Magazine and see if you can identify the worms from the images and descriptions given therein. The worms you are worried about will probably be discussed in the April, 2004, issue. They are likely small beneficial detritus feeding or scavenging fireworms."

    Here is the link to the index of the Reefkeeping Magazine - http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-07/index.htm

    April 2004 article - http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-04/rs/index.htm

    March 2004 article - http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-03/rs/index.htm

    Reef Central is slow (server problems) but these articles may help.

    Vickie

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    I just looked up some pic's on Bristle worms and it looks just like them except the ones in my tank are all red and these ones were a light colour pink. Exact same body structure.

    Thanks again everyone!!!!!
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

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