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jason5170 02-11-2007 02:36 PM

Found something different in my tank
i have noticed a bunch of small worm looking things mixed in with the crushed coral. the only time i can see them is when all the lights are out. i use a flashlight and shine on the tank and where the cc is laying against the glass you can see them. they are kind of brown looking with red on each end. the largest i have seen was about one inch long. are these bad if so how do i get rid of them.

jason5170 02-11-2007 02:38 PM

i forget to mention they are covered with little legs

caferacermike 02-11-2007 03:04 PM

Bristleworms. Leave them there.

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jason5170 02-11-2007 03:09 PM

thats them wasnt sure if they were a good thing or a bad thing, thanks

Matt 02-11-2007 03:18 PM

There Good For the Tank. They will come in Any Live Rock or sand.

jason5170 02-11-2007 05:59 PM

i also noiced alot of what looks like little fish in my lr. they are small and very fast. there eyes glow when the light hits them and they are like tan colored. They are about 1/4 inch long and about the size of a needle. any ideas lol????

caferacermike 02-11-2007 09:02 PM

Yep amphipods. You'll get loads of amphipods, copepods and decapods as well.

squiggles1 02-12-2007 12:25 PM

i have those same bristle owrms in my tank too. i mostly see mine crawling in and out of the little holes in the lr. a couple r pretty big, over and inch long

Matt 02-12-2007 12:42 PM

Heres a Trick to Spy on any Bristle worms. (Do this at Night)
If you have a Moon light shut it off.
Leave the Tank with no Lights on for about a Half Hour.
Then without turning any room lights on, Grab a Flash Light and Shine it all around and You are bound to see 1 of those little guys Walking around.

caferacermike 02-12-2007 04:36 PM

And it is not uncommon for them to be over 6 feet long either. A friend tore down a 30g that had one that was just a hair over 6' laid out. It was given to a friend with a 240g tank and you can still find it from time to time.

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