Little polyp eating B@$!!!!!

Discussion in 'New Hobbyists' started by dustintx, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Found what has been eating my gsp and psp. Little fkn bastards!!!!!! Gave them a fresh revive after spotting what i though was a nudi this morning and these things came out super fast. 20171206_073204.jpg 20171206_073156.jpg
     
  2. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Bristle worms
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
  3. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Yes,but are these the fire type or regular bristle worms?
    Also,I found one in my sump when I first set up my tank and I was told they were good for cuc,so I left him in sump.
    I'm starting to believe that no bristle worms are ok for any reef tanks.
     
  4. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Lol hard to tell. But they shouldn't eat live coral
     
  5. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Well there were eating because I noticed my 2 polyp colonies had some bare spots,so over the last week these spots became bigger and bigger,so I decided to check with lights off and then under my blues this morning and low and behold!!!! Bristles on my starrys!
     
  6. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

  7. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    I have trust issues with bristles now,lol.
     
  8. jay0705

    jay0705 Administrator Staff Member

    Lol mine to my knowledge don't bother anything. They are great for a cuc tho
     
  9. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    I've never known bristle worms to eat polyps, they are detrivours. I've had them in all of my tanks and never ran into that issue.

    You sure they weren't just crawling around the polyps in search of other food?
     
  10. beaslbob

    beaslbob Well-Known Member

  11. 2quills

    2quills Administrator Staff Member

    The infamous bobit worm lol.
     
  12. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Well there you have it folks! Just because many have not caught them in action,does not mean they do not eat corals. Mine were clearly not of this length,however I do believe they have been if nothing else, irritating my corals and causing them to retract and die off.
     
  13. Jesterrace

    Jesterrace Member

    What do you have in your tank? There are fish that love eating them.
     
  14. dustintx

    dustintx Member

    Only a pair of clowns and a cleaner shrimp other than CUC.
     
  15. Jesterrace

    Jesterrace Member

    What size is your tank? There are wrasses you can get that will definitely help eat those. Just be aware that you will likely lose a few snails and crabs as well.
     

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