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post #1 of 18 Old 10-18-2006, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bristol worms

Anyone know a good way of getting rid of bristol worms. Ive been wanting to get a mandarin goby but Im afraid of what the worms will do to it. Ive had Scooter blennies before that did really well, and then all the sudden one day months later, Ill find them lying on the bottom of my tank, usually next to a worm. Ive tried traps, but the bristol worms that I have are huge! I found one completely out of the rocks one morning and I scooped it up with a net, it had to of been 6in. long! Any suggestions... please???
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-18-2006, 10:01 PM
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Hi and welcome aboard, Tango.

I moved the thread for you. This would be a better section as you are asking for maintenance rather than the species of fish.:)

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-18-2006, 10:10 PM
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do you by chance mean bristle worms? small worms in the live rock that feel like fiberglass to the touch? if so:

bristleworms are generally harmless except they don't feel to great however just the same if you want to get rid of them a natural predator is the best way to go. depending on your tank size there are a two good ones are arrowcrabs (Stenorhynchus seticrnis) and a six-line wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia). both would chow down on the worms but i would just go with one

arrowcrabs: generally peaceful to fish but will often fight with each other if in to small of a tank, grows to be about 8" diameter from leg to leg

six-line wrasse: also fairly peaceful, shouldn't eat all your inverts like most wrasses. if i remember correctly they get to be about 6" or so but don't take that measurment as a definate
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-19-2006, 01:00 PM
Another nice thing about six lines is they will eat pyramid snails and help protect your clams. Pyramid snails are the type that bore holes in the shells of clams.

Problem is you have rather large bristles. I don't think a little wrasse is going to be much help. Did you use the traps correctly? Another method I've heard good success with is placing a piece of bait near where they come out. Using a long pin you can spear them and take them out. Remember not to touch them.

I'm really wondering if the worm caused your scooters death. My first guess is (since you did not give a tank size or description) that beacuse, like a mandarin, this is a dragonette and therfore a specialized feeder. These fish do best in at least a 90gallon tank. It is ppossible to keep them in smaller confines but is generally considered a hit or miss situation. These fish eat small copepods in the tank. A larger, heavily stocedk with live rock, tank will provide more of the natural foods. These guys tend to live 2-3 months before perishing of starvation. I'm wondering if they passed and the bristle worm had been snacking upon the carcass? bristles are not exactly active hunters.
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-19-2006, 03:14 PM
Ya i heard people used to think bristled worms preyed opon clams but they figured out that they were just scavanging the already dead clam-I think bristle worms are reely scary i wouldent want them in my tank
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-20-2006, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for all your help and i guess it would have been a good idea to put my tank size huh lol i have a 55 but am soon moving up to a 100. everytime i get a new fish, i do quite a bit of research on them so im pretty sure that he didnt die of starvation. i mean i sit in front of my tank like its tv and watch my fish for hours at a time lol. i would watch them eat and i had pellets that contained alot of things that were in their diet that i read about. they werent ever thin so i really dont think it was that. i have a fairly good survival rate too, not to brag or anything lol. but i have tried baiting the worms and they just dont come out often enough. id have my hands in my tank for weeks if i did. im not going to get my goby until i have my new tank set up. unnessessary stress for new fish. oh and has anyone ever ordered fish online? i ran across and they have really good prices on everything. only problem is that i am in ohio and they are in florida. i wasnt thinking of fish just quite yet, if ever, but i was looking at some inverts and i figured they would have the best chance of surviving if i did order from them. but thanks again for the help. ill post if anything comes up.
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-22-2006, 03:29 PM
You'll just have to remove the rock that has the worms in it and pour boiling water into the entrance of the worms. Sucks I know.
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post #8 of 18 Old 10-23-2006, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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yeah the only problem is that i have about 15 pieces of live rock. ive seen them in at least 5 rocks. i know they came from one, but as i started adding more rocks they moved into new holes. and i dont want to kill my feather dusters and other criters on my rocks. o well, it sounds like i have to live with em now lol
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-23-2006, 02:06 PM
you said the traps dident work did you leave them out over night?I think Bristels are nocturnal
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-24-2006, 03:06 AM
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My 46 GL tank is about 2 months old and I got about tons of bristle worms. They grow so fast that I may think they jump on my coral. This afternoon, I bought a trap from the LFS but it is quite small compared to the worms in my tank. I now leave it in the tank and see how it works out tomorrow. If not, I can make one myself.

Here is what I am going to do: Go to HomeDepot or Lowes and get a PVC pipe and 2 caps. Drill some small holes that could fit your worm size. Put a shrimp or 2 in the tank at night (after the lights come off) ....

I hope this will somehow reduce the quantity of the worms.

Wish me luck.

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