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what eats bristleworms?

Discussion in 'Hitchhikers and "ID Please"' started by sargeboy, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. sargeboy

    sargeboy New Member

    i did some aquascaping today and as i picked up some rocks i saw at least 15 bristleworms altogether while aquascaping. i know people say they are good but i dont want them cuz they creep me out and they are not suposed to be there. so what eats bristleworms? i thought i heard sixline wrasse do.
  2. speg

    speg New Member

    Not supposed to be there? What else is supposed to keep your rocks cleaned up on the inside?
    I personally feel like you should keep them.. maybe they're 'creepy' but they're quite beneficial.
  3. sargeboy

    sargeboy New Member

    but they get huge and i heard they can eat coral
  4. speg

    speg New Member

    The REALLY big ones (fire worms) may eat coral for sure... cause I've seen them do it. Regular bristleworms most likely won't unless they're unable to get food elsewhere. Can you take a pic of the ones you've got?
  5. hunt

    hunt New Member

    I vote to keep them, but it is your tank, arrow crabs eat them, so do six line wrasses. You can also build a trap with a peice of pvc pipe,pm me or write a visitor message on my wall if you want to know how,(not feeling well right now so i don't feel like posting instructions, but i will if you want)
  6. hunt

    hunt New Member

    Also bobbit worms are bad bristle worms, they can kill fish. Post a pic of the worms, it doesnt matter if there fuzzy, i only need color.
  7. hunt

    hunt New Member

    Originally Posted by Hunt

    I vote to keep them, but it is your tank, arrow crabs eat them, so do six line wrasses. You can also build a trap with a peice of pvc pipe,pm me or write a visitor message on my wall if you want to know how,(not feeling well right now so i don't feel like posting instructions, but i will if you want)
    to make the trap, all you got to do is take like a 5in pvc pipe, size doesnt matter, and drill a bunch of wholes big enough for the worms, then simply put a piece of shrimp in the pipe, plug both ends and put it in the tank overnight. Then the worms cral in and all you do is empty them out in the morning.
    Also, i highly suggest keeping them. Great Detravores!
  8. sargeboy

    sargeboy New Member

    its half black and red cant post pics around one inch
  9. hunt

    hunt New Member

  10. sargeboy

    sargeboy New Member

    i have the good type
  11. speg

    speg New Member

    I don't mean to seem rude about your bristleworms.. but I just wish there was someone who told me to keep certain helpful critters when I first started.
    I picked up my first rock and found a bunch of brittle stars that fell out from it.. I actually paniced a little bit because I heard that there was some 'dangerous' things in saltwater and I had never seen a brittle star before.
    I'd suggest leaving the worms. If they become overcrowded to the point that they're crawling all over the place looking for food then you may want to do the pvc pipe trap. Otherwise let them hide and poke out every so often for a quick glance and let them do the job that they're very good at.
    Remember that everything in saltwater has a job that it does. Although, somethings are bad for us as hobbyist, so make sure that when you find something new (and you will) you research it.
  12. sargeboy

    sargeboy New Member

    very good point, i will keep them and leave them cuz they can be good but i want a sixline wrasse to pick a few off hopefully so i dont have to make a trap. i mean the bristleworms only come out at night and wrasse sleep at night so yeah its not going to eat them all. ya but now i am not worried about them in there with so many people saying they are good for a tank
  13. speg

    speg New Member

    Just don't touch one :)
  14. hunt

    hunt New Member

    Originally Posted by sargeboy

    very good point, i will keep them and leave them cuz they can be good but i want a sixline wrasse to pick a few off hopefully so i dont have to make a trap. i mean the bristleworms only come out at night and wrasse sleep at night so yeah its not going to eat them all. ya but now i am not worried about them in there with so many people saying they are good for a tank
    Be careful with a six line, i have read so many times were someone got a 6 line, it was a little angel for the first few weeks, then it goes off and starts killing other fish.
    It is best to add them last so they are less likley to become the dominant fish
  15. sargeboy

    sargeboy New Member

    all i have now is a coral beauty angel and a green chromis.
    i am hopfully getting these
    2 purple firefish
    1 carpenters flasher wrasse
    1 midas blenny
    1yellow clown goby
    mated pair of skunk clowns
    1 royal gramma
    1 neon cleaner goby
    1 yellow tang( maybe) saw a small nice one in fish store for a few weeks now real healthy
  16. renogaw

    renogaw New Member

    Originally Posted by Speg

    Just don't touch one :)
    i pick mine out of my filter material with my fingers...and my fingers are soft as a baby's bottom...(yea, i don't have manly hands...)
  17. handbanana

    handbanana New Member

    dang I wonder what I have in my thank That I thought were bristle worms? Cuz them aint them!
  18. kris5reef

    kris5reef New Member

    I have 2 setups at the moment as I have yet to setup my 110gal. In one of my tanks I have red and brown bristle worms stretching close to 2 feet, though I feed regularly and haven't had problems at the moment I have had problems w/ them eating/killing my corals In the past. It's very difficult because you have to know when too much is too much. It's entirely observational. Which sux... However I believe its a good idea to introduce some sort of control group, ie fish/ crab or other that will help keep levels to a minimum while maintaining your mini reef. I am planning on getting something in the near future to do this as I have seen the carnage they can leave behind. It's extremely difficult to try and keep the balance especially when you don't know what your getting in the first place.
  19. kris5reef

    kris5reef New Member

    Live rock has many hitchhikers, from shrimp/to worms, ceopods, etc even the occasional octopus. You never know what you will get. You can hope just to get algae, stars etc. but you can never be to sure... Let me know what you get and I can advise on unexpected hitchhiker's!

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