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    Senior Member yellowtang's Avatar
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    Unhappy worms.

    hello fellow reefers.
    Last night while having dinner I noticed a large bristle worm
    comming out of the live rock.this thing must off been about
    2 1/2 long and quite fat.....then there were more not as big
    but could get there if left in the tank.
    some people have told me they're part of clean up crew,others have said they are destructive to softies.
    really....what can I think of these guys.....and is there a efficient way of at least catching some?........
    on other topic.......blue hermit crabs on top of softies.
    are they eating them of just cleaning debries.?
    thanks guys.

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    The vast majority of bristleworms are detrivores. They are physically incapable of sencing "food" that is not dead/rotting. In fact, many of them lack the necessary apendages to "bite".

    Unless you *see* it eating coral I would assume its safe and a good addition to the tank.

    Now if you're dead set on getting em out, try a piece of shrimp in a nylon stocking overnight .
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    I have quite a large population of bristleworms(pink/purple ones).. some really small and others quite large 2-4" long and about 5-10mm wide. I find them beneficial in cleaning up extra plankton and food the fish don't use as well as my Tang's waste.. it's neat to watch them come out from under the rocks when I feed.
    A few of mine hide under a green mushroom I have close to the sandbed.. and it does no harm at all.

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    Originally posted by mickyfin

    Now if you're dead set on getting em out, try a piece of shrimp in a nylon stocking overnight .
    That would have been a good idea on how to catch them today when we were fishing some out of my tank to give to Houndog for his tank Turkey Baster worked fine enough though!

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    Something else to keep in mind: Bristle worms lay eggs (food) which hatch into babies (food) witch can end up in the water column (food) and they eat fish poop.

    Did I mention that they can supply food for the tank?

    Cheers!
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    Originally posted by clownchick22
    That would have been a good idea on how to catch them today when we were fishing some out of my tank to give to Houndog for his tank Turkey Baster worked fine enough though!
    The turkey baster worked very well, in fact I transferred them to the tank with one

    They barely got into the tank and 'dissapeared' under rocks and sand. Thanks

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    thanks for all the tips guys!!!!!!!
    I will try to keep them under control........
    I already had my first encounter with them........
    is like having fiberglass stuck on your skin. ouch.
    once again thanks.

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