mystery invert! please help me identify it!
I found this little guy while cleaning and doing a water change. He was inside the suction cup of the tank heater so may have been hurt when I took it off the glass but I'm not sure... He's less than an inch long, orangy-red color, with whitish hairs/spikes. I can't tell for sure if it has legs or not but I don't think it does.
A- What it is so I can do further research
B- If it'll do harm to my fish when it gets bigger. My current collection includes a naso tang, maroon clown, lawnmower blenny, hermit crabs, and yellow-tail blue damsels.
Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated!
Bristle worm most likely. Good one normal numbers form what I have read on here and elsewhere. Bad if they get to be too numerous.
(Is an eduacted guess so don't shoot me if I am wrong ;) )
Thanks for the quick response! I just Googled bristle worms and I think we have a winner! From the sites I looked at, it seems that there's a debate as to whether or not these are bad for the tank.
Any thoughts? Should I flush it or put it back in the tank?
EAT IT EAT IT!!! :O to be honest its beneficial to your tank till it gets to about 6 inches, then its got to go. Put him back in but tie a leash onto him to find him again soon. jk :< put him back in only if you`re prepared to remove him later.
Hes good to clean up the waste your fish dont get to.
Yeah, I'm going to go put him back in. My boyfriend (who works in a fish store) suggested the same thing.
Got me thinking now, though. If I have one, I wonder how many I really have? It's been at least 6 months since I've added anything new to the tank so he's escaped my sight at least that long! haha!
well, they are nocturnal so if you use a redlight at night you`ll see how many you may really have. Although it may be just him! Just pay attention at night and you`ll see a whole life side of your tank you havent seen before!
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