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I haven't been paying much attention to my tank for a while and tonight I decided to lay down in front of it and just look at the rocks. I noticed a little white thing attached to one of my rocks. It wasn't there when I got the rock so it must be a hitchhiker that has come about in the past month or so.



Also, the little critter that has been in my tank since the beginning is getting bigger and I saw at least two of them a few weeks ago. One of them is bigger, or at least it seems that way. It used to be clear, hardly visable. When I saw it tonight, it had a defined red line down its back. What could it be?
 

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If it was a Tube Worm, you should/would see little white appendages/"arms" coming out from the head.

I'm not sure on the red line thing. Let me do some research.
 

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I saw a small wiggly thing coming out of it the other day. I have more live rock and those have tube worms on them but they are a bit different. Their tubes are smooth where this one is bumpy and the worms are different.
 

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If it was that, that is a spaghetti worm. Tube Worms have only 2 arms. But, both the arms and body are the same length and color. Resemble anything?
 

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Yeah I didn't want to suggest it being a spaghetti worm right away, because chances are it's simply a tube worm. They are common hitchhikers and really aren't anything to worry about.

I think you'll be surprised at their resiliency and versatility. They can relocate around the rock rather quickly if their opening is covered in some way or another.
 

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Yeah I didn't want to suggest it being a spaghetti worm right away, because chances are it's simply a tube worm. They are common hitchhikers and really aren't anything to worry about.

I think you'll be surprised at their resiliency and versatility. They can relocate around the rock rather quickly if their opening is covered in some way or another.
Yeah, I have probably 2 or 3 spaghetti worms, and like 5 or 6 Tube Worms as hitchhikers. Interesting little guys. I do know they are harmless, but I have heard they can really make zoas/polyps mad if the arms are over them constantly.
 

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I only saw one wiggly arm but there could have been two. It was hard to see because I was looking down into the tank. The extension did look like one from that picture, but again, there was only one. I haven't seen it since, but the white tube is still there.
 
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