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Old 05-06-2007, 11:22 PM   #1
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Have any ideas on fish that eat bristle worms that are reef safe. My worm pop is getting out of control. Bought a trap and the snails are over it more than the worms themselves.
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:29 PM   #2
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If you have that many bristleworms, they are there because the detritus and excess nutrients is allowing them to thrive. The worms are actually doing you a favor.

Most tanks that have populations of bristleworms that are out of control also have a substrate that is near tapped out. Replacing this substrate, and ensuring your stocking, feeding, and overall husbandry practices are up to par will eliminate 99% of the bristleworms in a days work of replacing the substrate.

As far as you question of any fish that will eat them, not really. Some fish will eat them like longnose hawkfish, but ive never heard of any fish actually making a dent in a tank loaded with them.
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Old 05-07-2007, 05:46 AM   #3
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i agree,
i have not heard of any that woudl do a lot inreducing the worms. a few crabs will go after them but not too many will.
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:50 AM   #4
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If they are large (greater than ~1"), I don't think many fish will go after them. I've heard that the sixline wrasse will take on a lot of critters in the tank (including bristleworms), but nothing that's too large. You're probably going to have to do something else to rid yourself of them, or just accept that they are in the tank (they don't do any harm for the most part).
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Old 05-07-2007, 10:39 AM   #5
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arrow crab. i had one that would have a bristle worm in his claws everytime i looked in the tank.
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:44 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the input I will look into replacing the substrate. Can I just replace lets say half of the sand will that help.
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:22 PM   #7
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how deep is the sandbed?

If it's over 2.5-3 inches, this will be a major effort. In that moving the lower levels of the sand will release toxin's into the water column.

This means you'll have to empty the entire tank of critters/corals/etc FIRST, then your rock, then replace the sandbed and any water.

if it's less than 2", then you can replace it however you want.

TO answer your question...replacing half the test bed will fix half the problem.

But you can do half at one time...then a week or two later, do the other half, if that's what your asking. But all in all, might as well just do it all and get it overwith.
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:28 PM   #8
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I think you are asking for troubles by trying to replace "half" of it. You WILL be stirring up nasties, and they WILL get into the water column. Best to just get it done. Remove all corals then the rock, youcan salvagle all water up until the point that you disturb the substrate. Once you disturb the substrate, toss the rest of the water.

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I had a valintno(sp) puffer and she went after the bristle worms like crazy! The only problem is she also picked at my brain and feather dusters. If you have a fish only tank that might help but I agree with guys above its just a band aid
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if they arent being a big problem i would just leave them remove when you can but they are great at keeping the rocks and sand clean
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:54 AM   #11
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All sounds good. My sand bed is about 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep but it has only been in there for about a year and a month. The bristle worms do not bother anything as of yet knock on wood but just thought I would look into it before they get out of control. I put a bristle worm trap in last night and caught 4 the largest being about 5 inches.
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Id LOVE to watch a fish try to eat this guy.

This is a old pic, but that is a 90 gallon tank and 15" tweezers for size reference.

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Thats awsome!
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