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    What is this little fellow?

    Can anyone tell me what this guy is?

    I think someone told me that it might be a bristle worm, but am not positive. Is he any danger to anything i could put in the tank?


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    Yup, bristleworm. Safe to an extent. Keep the numbers down and you're ok.

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    It is a bristle worm. I personally hate them because one of them stung me. Most say that they are good cleanup crew. I take them out when I see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweat044 View Post
    It is a bristle worm. I personally hate them because one of them stung me. Most say that they are good cleanup crew. I take them out when I see them.
    I counted about 2-3. How many is too many worms for a 29 gallon tank?

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    They do not hurt anything. They are actually good for the reef. However, they do sting when touched. I don't mess around in the tank without gloves so it is not a concern to me. If you see one, There is probably a dozen more.
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    I grabbed one by accident once and it left me with a hand full of cactus like hairs. I lived. It died.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    I grabbed one by accident once and it left me with a hand full of cactus like hairs. I lived. It died.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hooked View Post
    They do not hurt anything. They are actually good for the reef. However, they do sting when touched. I don't mess around in the tank without gloves so it is not a concern to me. If you see one, There is probably a dozen more.
    So i take it it's a good idea to read the posts/take advice of members BEFORE you take any action????? Point noted!

    Can confirm the "It stings to be jesus idea!!" Went and bought a pair of plastic tweezers for the next one that tries to attack me! lol

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    They can be like ****roaches. If you see one, you probably have many more. And good luck catching them.

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    aww come-on. That was a real word for a real animal.

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    Bristle worm -- like earth worms for your sand bed and rocks. They're great scavengers and good for the tank. With the exception of a few rare types they're harmless to your tank and actually beneficial. In my 29 gal fifteen years ago I had upwards of 50 with zero problems and they helped keep the tank very clean.

    Here's a good video on the good ones vs the bad "one".
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_KbY2-hV_4

    The bad one is Hermodice carunculata and is generally referred to as the Bearded Fireworm.
    http://reefguide.org/carib/fireworm.html

    This is frequently confused with Eurythoe complanata (The Orange Fireworm) which is actually an excellent scavenger.
    http://reefguide.org/carib/eurythoecomplanata.html

    If you hate them you can get a trap for them or make a simple trap yourself. Every once in a while if I'm feeling especially grumpy I'll catch one and feed it to an aiptasia to see who wins.

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    dont touch it but they are easy to get out with a trap if you really dont like it

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    Those are tough suckers. Couple of years ago, I came home to the smell of smoke and black bubbly water due to a heater blow out. The lone survivor of the tank - a foot long bristle worm.

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    Gross. Kill it. Kill it

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    Thanks for the videos Scrumpto, I didn't realize there was a major difference between them....."seen one worm, you've seen them all?" but not true!!!

    Tried to kill it amber....damn thing BIT me! lol

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    Bite it back!

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