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duprst
03-25-2016, 10:20 AM
I just found this under one of my corals. What the heck is this? It is now buried in my sand bed somewhere. Should I be concerned and if so what do I need to do to get rid of it?


http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/duanedavis01/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160325_095209_zpsyqh23mra.jpg.html

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Murfman
03-25-2016, 10:32 AM
bristleworm.

duprst
03-25-2016, 10:36 AM
How do I get rid of it?

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Murfman
03-25-2016, 10:39 AM
they are good scavengers. eat dead fish/livestock and detritus. if you really want to get rid of it, put a piece of raw shrimp in a nylon stocking and tie off the end. it will get caught up in the small holes of the stocking.

Joe
03-25-2016, 01:25 PM
Don't grab it with your hand. You'll get some bristle souvenirs in your fingers. I grabbed one by accident in a handful of macro algae and learned this.

scrumpto
03-26-2016, 12:16 AM
Don't grab it with your hand. You'll get some bristle souvenirs in your fingers. I grabbed one by accident in a handful of macro algae and learned this.

FYI -- If anyone else does this just soak your hand in vinegar. If the bristles don't disolve you'll then need to pull them out with tweezers.

scrumpto
03-26-2016, 12:44 AM
I just found this under one of my corals. What the heck is this? It is now buried in my sand bed somewhere. Should I be concerned and if so what do I need to do to get rid of it?
http://s1268.photobucket.com/user/duanedavis01/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20160325_095209_zpsyqh23mra.jpg.html


Note to moderator -- this really should be a sticky.

It's hard to tell from the photo (as there's no color other than blue) exactly which specius this is but it's probably Eurythoe complanata. Here's some general info:

Good article on bristleworms and fireworms by a noted expert:
http://www.ronshimek.com/annelids.html

Good Bristleworms (generally Eurythoe complanata):
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a2/tokyoooo/aqua/IMG_004.jpg
http://www.snorkelstj.com/picture_library/creatures/worms/orange-fire-worm_3230.JPG
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/89/2157/1600/Photo%20639.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2722/4178325449_4f41bc8f0d_m.jpg


Bad Bristleworm (Hermodice carunculatavery, rarely found in aquaria):
https://reefbuilders.com/files/2011/07/bristle_worm.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jPyk-H6jqnU/VBtoRIYTb4I/AAAAAAAADE0/fNRZURQPRbM/s1600/5a-Hermodice%2Bcarunculata%2BBristle%2Bworm,%2BCozume l.jpg

Levi
03-28-2016, 08:42 AM
I don't care what anyone says lol all bristle worms are bad in my book.

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scrumpto
03-28-2016, 12:34 PM
I don't care what anyone says lol all bristle worms are bad in my book.

IMHO (disclaimer):

Bristleworms are a major part of any CUC (clean up crew). Together with amphipods, copepods, spaghetti worms and a host of other micro-organisms they are the final stage of breaking down extra food and fish waste into ever smaller particles before bacteria takes over. Generally you'll find bristleworms under your liverock in areas of the sand that collect waste so they clean where little else can. Even if you're running bare-bottom and don't care about a healthy sand-bed you want something cleaning out the pores of your liverock.

To each his/her own though as there are a million different ways to successfully keep a reef tank (and many more ways to unsuccessfully do so ;-) )

Levi
03-28-2016, 12:39 PM
I agree 100% I just think they are creepy

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Coral Xpressions
03-28-2016, 01:34 PM
I don't care what anyone says lol all bristle worms are bad in my book.

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But do you even reef. Exactly

Levi
03-28-2016, 01:42 PM
I do for about 3 months each year

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Coral Xpressions
03-28-2016, 01:43 PM
A national guard reefer. Got it

Levi
03-28-2016, 01:47 PM
Exactly

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scrumpto
03-29-2016, 06:58 PM
I agree 100% I just think they are creepy

They're the earthworms of the sea -- with stinging bristles!

projectx
03-31-2016, 07:23 PM
Rubber cement gets them out too, drizzle it on, wait for it to dry and pull it off. Elmers Glue does the same but might need to do it a few times

Coral Xpressions
03-31-2016, 07:24 PM
I use packing tape. Dry hands apply and peel off

scrumpto
03-31-2016, 10:06 PM
I use packing tape. Dry hands apply and peel off

I use gloves (an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure)...

Specifically, these two:
http://www.amazon.com/Ammex-Gloveworks-Nitrile-Disposable-X-Large/dp/B00MGSGN46

http://www.amazon.com/Atlas-772-Nitrile-Chemical-Resistant/dp/B004A9KI7W

Not only protects me -- it keeps stuff on my hands from getting into the tank. Also REALLY helpful when my pair of clowns desides to attack my hands and arms as if they're an invading alien like they did the other night just before laying eggs (I was wondering why they were so aggressive that night!).