What are these milipede/slug/worm things (w/pic)
First off, hello! Newbie here.
I have a 55 gallon saltwater w 1 tang, clownfish, live rock and huge infestations of these milipede/slug/worm things. The largest (in pic) is about 4 inches long. Some are so small you can barely see them. They dont seem to bother anything and my H20 quality is great,I have had thois set up for almost 2 years. I have lots of them crawling around my live rock. I cant find info on them anywhere! Are they good/bad?!?! Theyre kinda creepy looking.....
I appreciate any advice,
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Gurl, those are bristleworms. Remove anything that are over 3-4 inches in size as they may harm the other invertebrates and fish. Do not remove by bare hands. Using tweezers or pulling out the entire rock until they can crawl out are better alternatives. If using tweezers, be careful not to touch them as their bristles act like needles which will be difficult to remove from your skin as they lodge in it.
I wish I had better information but this all I could find in my searching for the same look. The first one is the closest I could find. Hopefully someone will be able to identify them more readily as I am not a salt person, not yet anyway.
They are a common bristle worm, Harmless scavengers, and in most cases, a benefit to a reef tank as they will consume the corpses of anything that dies where you cant see/reach it. Untill they grow to exceed 6", there is little cause for concern as far as damaged corals. I have on numerous occasions, watched these buggers crawl in, on, and around a number of different corals without consequence. Your fingers however are and entirely different story. You should be wearing rubber gloves any time you reach into the tank anyways.
now im kinda new to tank creatures, but im pretty sure that that is a bristle worm and from my understanding they aren't good to have, but you might research on them a little more to really find out. Hope this helps!
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