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Old 02-15-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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what kills bristle worms


I have a 38 gallon reef tank w/ five fish (two large black damsels, two blue damsels, one clownfish and one sea cucumber.

Please help. I am infested with bristle worms in my tank. They come out at night to feed, and keep crawling on my sea cucumber. My sea cucumber is to the point where he just stays on the top tank glass now. These bristle worms have killed off my whole clean-up crew; all my crabs, snails etc.

It's so out of control. Someone, please do you know how to get rid of these pests?

Thank you in advance.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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in my experience bristle worms only eat dead or dieing creatures. i would do a water change check your levels and reduce feeding to small portions about every other day. keep in mind that they are feeding on something to proliferate at a rapid rate. as for eating i would recommend a 6 line wrasse and a coral banded shrimp.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:20 PM   #3
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I will try that. Thanks Lug Nut!
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:23 PM   #4
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I think a few rounds with a 9mm into the bottom of the tank will do the trick!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:27 PM   #5
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Okay, don't do that. They sell bristle worm traps you can use. What kind of clean up crew do you have?
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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I have no clue I saw a big one go into a rock I pulled the rock and boiled it for almost 2 hours and then let let the rock & water cool naturally I placed that rock into a med tank to limit ammonia from the die off in my display .. guess who resurfaced 3 days later in my med tank ....those guys are beast & devils imo.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:29 PM   #7
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I had (no longer) crabs and snails. I've tried the traps. They don't work rapid enough and it contaminates the water with the food in it - since I have to use it for days at a time.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:31 PM   #8
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I think a few rounds with a 9mm into the bottom of the tank will do the trick!!
Use Federal Hydrashocks

Seriously boys and girls, firearms, firecrackers and the like don't go well around tanks, tho I have encountered situations where depth charges were an option I considered
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:32 PM   #9
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Its not always a good idea to stock your tank with animals that you intend to use to cure a problem. That being said I know some larger crabs will eat them.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:38 PM   #10
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there are very few polychaete worms that are harmful to our system. if you have a huge number of them, then you are overfeeding the system. they tend to not kill for food. something else is going on. all of the critters in our system are used to having bristleworms around. they are all over the reef.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:39 PM   #11
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No but this is my current solution I have a Hydrometer from Red Dragon submerged in the bottom right corner of my tank, for some reason the bristle worms love to pile up inside of this device @ night whenever I see like 5-10 small ones all sitting inside I just slap on my gloves and snatch the Hydrometer out drop it into my bucket of hot water shake it until they pop out FLUSH and rejoice!!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:50 PM   #12
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All very good suggestions. DarkAsylum; I will try your Hydrometer suggestion as well. Seems like it may be a quicker outcome. Thanks everyone!
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:12 PM   #13
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Check your nitrates and keep an eye on temperature. My tank used to be infested with them. I also had a caulerpa problem. I had to weedeat my tank every week. I finally started testing and my nitrates were off the charts. I'm talking >160!!! My temperature was also rising a little too high in the afternoon. I put fans on when the lights are on to control the temps. I went on an all out war against nitrates and now they are 0!!! Bristle worms? I see them come out to eat when I feed but not too many anymore.
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:03 AM   #14
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I am infested with them. I have a 56 gallon reef and Im worried about the pollops in the tank. I see all the solutions and will have to give them a try. any other ideas let me know Thanks
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:01 AM   #15
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This would probably help. LOL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9IhH2_SSXY

Seriously. Starvation is the easiest way I have found to control bristle worm populations. Keep the sand bed, and the rest of the tank, as free of detritus as possible. They can't live without food. If you have tons of them, you have tons of detritus feeding them.
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