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sixers229 06-13-2010 02:22 PM

Bristle worms
 
Noticed a big one today sticking out of my live rock..then looked through the sand and noticed a ton of baby bristle worms....whats the deal with these things? good or bad?? what should I do...I see atleast 8 or 9 baby ones in the gravel and I know of atleast one big one in a rock.

bearwithfish 06-13-2010 07:37 PM

they are good for aerating the sand and eating detritus etc... if yo find yo have a massive population issue you could set a bottle trap for them or get a 6 lined wares and they will help you out ;)

onefish2fish 06-13-2010 10:08 PM

as long as they are not in large numbers your fine, infact as bear said theyre good as natural cleaners.
your most likely overfeeding if your seeing these guys, so try cutting the food back

sixers229 06-13-2010 10:27 PM

they hitchhiked in a new live rock I purchased this weekend. There is one big one in the rock and numerous tiny ones in the gravel. I was going to get a six line wrasse and a coral banded shrimp to help with population control. Will this be alright with 2 clowns and 2 damsels in the tank my LFS has a very small six line wrasse for like 20$. Also will the shrimp mess with my 4 astrea snails or my hermits or corals?

onefish2fish 06-14-2010 06:07 AM

i strongly suggest NOT buying a problem to fix a problem. for example, you have a mice problem, you buy cats, now your stuck with cats, so you buy dogs, now your stuck with dogs.. get the idea?
6lines are one of the more not so friendly wrasses and ive heard of CBS shredding other shrimp to pieces. bristle worms are going to be in your tank,but not feeding so much will prevent their numbers from getting out of control. unless your tank is full of them, or they are all huge, you dont have much to worry about.

wake49 06-14-2010 06:28 AM

I agree with onefish here. Six-lines can be one of the most aggressive fish for their size. They will chase anything and everything right of the tank. I usually recommend that someone have a six foot tank when selecting this fish; I have one in my 150 (more because I like the look of the fish, not because I have a bristle worm problem). I also agree with onefish's philosophy: stop feeding your tank as much, the larger bristle worms will die off and the smaller ones will eat the carcasses...

sixers229 06-14-2010 10:20 AM

How often should I feed the tank? and how much?

onefish2fish 06-15-2010 11:43 AM

i need to know more about your tank to answer that. how big is it? how old? livestock? fish only or reef? what do you have for food choices?


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