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Fuzzy pink worm...

Discussion in 'Hitchhikers and "ID Please"' started by otherunderbrink, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. otherunderbrink

    otherunderbrink New Member

    Found a newbie in our tank today. It is a fuzzy pink worm about 1/4 inch long with white hairs on the whole body. It looks alot like a stinging catapillar. Any ideas???
  2. slice

    slice New Member

    Yep, check out the bristle worms and fireworms on this page, scroll down, you'll find them
    http://www.lionfishlair.com/hitchhiker/hitchhiker.shtml
  3. 1guydude

    1guydude Active Member

    bristle worm! Most are good part of the CUC...they eat detiutis and such!
  4. otherunderbrink

    otherunderbrink New Member

    Thanks Slice! I think it is a fire worm of some kind. Nasty little bugger... I will see if I can catch it.
  5. slice

    slice New Member

    Funny you ask this today, I saw one (the first) in my tank yesterday.
  6. otherunderbrink

    otherunderbrink New Member

    Got 2 of them under 1 small rock I think they are fireworms of species of Linopherus???? Good? Bad? Definitely UGLY!!! Wife is posting pics. What do y'all think?
  7. underbrink1017

    underbrink1017 New Member

  8. otherunderbrink

    otherunderbrink New Member

    The bigger of the 2 worms is about 1 1/4 inches long.
  9. bigarn

    bigarn New Member

    Bristleworms ... good members of the clean up crew. There's over 10,000 different species of them and very few are harmful.
  10. otherunderbrink

    otherunderbrink New Member

    So I should put the little dudes back in the tank? Thanks for the info Bigarn!
  11. bigarn

    bigarn New Member

    Yep, put them back and let them do their job.
  12. slice

    slice New Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bigarn
    Yep, put them back and let them do their job.
    +1
    Just don't touch it...
  13. otherunderbrink

    otherunderbrink New Member

    They are back in the tank. As soon as they hit the sand they dug in and disappeared. Then, since my hands were already wet I rearranged the rockwork a little.
  14. gemmy

    gemmy Active Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Slice
    +1
    Just don't touch it...
    I accidentally handled one last night. Now, my finger is tingly and has blisters.
  15. otherunderbrink

    otherunderbrink New Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gemmy
    I accidentally handled one last night. Now, my finger is tingly and has blisters.
    Noted! Do not touch fuzzy worms!!!! Got it!
  16. slice

    slice New Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gemmy
    I accidentally handled one last night. Now, my finger is tingly and has blisters.
    Bang Guy recently posted (what should be a sticky) to soak the affected area in vinegar to dissolve calcium based bristles and to use duct tape to remove silica based bristles.
  17. gemmy

    gemmy Active Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Slice
    Bang Guy recently posted (what should be a sticky) to soak the affected area in vinegar to dissolve calcium based bristles and to use duct tape to remove silica based bristles.
    Thanks! I tried that. I'm just really sensitive to them.

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