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    Fireworms.....

    So after reading a thread (Thanks Murf!) I guess I have fireworms. Only 1 or 2 of them, I think. I've seem them at night and they are around 8-10", A. How worried should I be? and B. How do I get rid of the guys??


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    Yep that exact thread.
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    They are the red ones right?
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    The red ones are bristle worms, I'll take a photo of mine tonight. They look like this:

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    Fire.worms have a ton of white fluffy bristles, bristle worms can be reddish or brown but it's the amount and color of the bristles

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    And if.yours look like the pic they are fire worms

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    Yep they do look like the pic. Anyone know how to get rid of em?
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    sure they don't look like this...

    http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/polychaete

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    http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/msu...aa102198_2.htm


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    I have fireworms haha
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    good advice, when I had a bad infestation, I used panty hose, wrapped raw shrimp in it then twisted and wrapped again so there were 2 layers. You can do the same thing by tightly wrapping the shrimp, cutting the hose and then putting the little package into a new panty hose and putting a knot in the end. I used the knee high panty hose. make sure you do it at night with all the lights off as this is when they come out. I also took a soup container from a Chinese restaurant and poked a ton of holes in the lid, tied a raw piece of shrimp to a small LR rubble, put it inside and closed the lid. Sank it to the bottom and buried it half way into the sand. They get in and cant get out. I probably was pulling 20 a night out for 3 weeks and still had worms so depends on how bad you have it. The key is raw shrimp as opposed to cooked shrimp, I tried both and the raw ones did a way better job getting the worms in the container than the cooked shrimp did. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=diy+bristle+worm+traps

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    Why get rid of them? I have 2 wrasses that eat them so that's good. Haha free fish food and they help clean sounds like a positive to me. Just avoid the stickers!
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    I agree. This is another pest thatdoes more good then bad. However, they are called fireworms for a reason. I missed 2 days of work when I tried stirring my sandbed by hand a few years ago. Felt like fire. Strange, huh?

    I try and keep them out of my DT's because I dont like the look of them. I do like them in my refugium because of their natural filtration traits. Arrow crabs tend to snack on them regularly.

    Yet another reason to make sure that your rock work is thoroughly cleaned and pest free before you place it in your DT

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    I had a ton of bristleworms and a few fireworms in my first tank. I had to trap for weeks to get what I'm assuming were the fireworms out and ended up tossing the bristles into my fuge where they seemed to become rather plentiful...


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