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PostSubject: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/13/2010, 4:36 pm

i need some ideas on how to get rid of bristleworms. i woke up this morning and my mandarin was JACKED up, he had spines all over his face and his tail is just mangled.
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 11:59 am

got 4 of 102 last night
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 12:50 pm

get a trap
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 1:35 pm

Coral banded shrimp Or some of the different coris wrasses even a six line wrasse
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 4:08 pm

What are bristleworms?
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 4:32 pm

i bought a six line yesterday but hes not any where near full size so he wont do that much dmg to there population. i was thinking coral banded. how are arrow crabs?
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 4:34 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf_-lgzxBlY this is what a bristleworm looks like. they are scavengers and usually good, but the the ones in my tank attacked my mandarin, so they have to go lol
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 4:45 pm

I would wear RUBBER gloves and take the rock out and pull that nasty bugger out. Put him in a 10 gallon and lower the salinity until 0. MWHAHAHAHA bristleworms 797529
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/14/2010, 6:02 pm

ive killed 25 of them since i got my tank 2 months ago, and theres still atleast another 40 in there. and that would kill everything in my tank
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/15/2010, 12:55 am

1. bristleworm trap
2. wrasse
3. plain old freshwater (good for rock)
4. pluck them out with tweezers, tongs, or gloved hands


the best of all of the above methods for me was my twin spot hogfish (wrasse), it was originally oen of 2 in a mated pair but one finally died off. they decimated my bw population to the point of needing to go by some more so i would have teh benefit of the bristleworms as part of my sand sifting detritus removing scaveging critters.


bristleworms are actually good in the aquariums as they scavenge the tank for morself of food and leftovers as well as decaying fish remains. bristleworms will not attack anything that is well that i have seen and if your mandarin is filled with bw spines then i assume one of the following happened:

1.your mandarin is not well and going to die
2. your pod population is lacking and the mandarin tried to eat a bristleworm.
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/18/2010, 12:31 pm

yea ever since then hes starting to look like lindsey lohan(skinny and cracked out) so im gonna go get a bottle of tiger pods and HOPEFULLY they will start reproducing. i had a good pod population till i got the clowns, they have been eating them like crazy.
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/18/2010, 12:33 pm

o yea i got 6 more worms yesterday when i reaquascaped my tank. but i missed the one that was a foot long(no joke) it scared the poop out of me i thought it was a sw snake rofl
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/18/2010, 2:43 pm

Bristleworms are worst thing in saltwater aquariums. They come in on live rock. Also will do a number on your hands. Where protection and get rid of them ASAP. I don't know of anything that will get rid of them. I will ask question about getting rid of them and will pass it on. Good luck with your mandarin goby. Neat fish.
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/18/2010, 3:09 pm

fishman13218 wrote:
Bristleworms are worst thing in saltwater aquariums. They come in on live rock. Also will do a number on your hands. Where protection and get rid of them ASAP. I don't know of anything that will get rid of them. I will ask question about getting rid of them and will pass it on. Good luck with your mandarin goby. Neat fish.

incorrect fishman, brislteworms are detritus eaters and scavengers. they help keep your substrate and rock clean by eating leftover food and also remains of dead livestock. to many brislteworms can be a probem but some are necessary in the aquarium. i have NEVER bad a brislteworm go after anything that was HEALTHY in my tank.
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/19/2010, 5:21 pm

Bristleworms range in size from small (about 1" long) up to very large at about 20" in length. Most small ones are an orange color, sometime appearing two-tone in color. Larger bristleworms are frequently gray or brownish in color. Bristleworms are composed of many segments and have bristles (setae) which extend from both sides of its body along its entire length, hence their common name. These setae are clearly visible in the picture above. Bristle worms live in the sand or within the live rock. They are nocturnal and not usually seen during the day.

Good or Bad?:
This is a tough one. Historically, bristleworms were all considered to be bad. Most literature warns that they can attack and eat clams, anemones, corals and even fish.

Recently, most hobbyists have come to the conclusion that small bristle worms pose no threat to other tank inhabitants and are in fact good scavengers and add to the biodiversity of the tank. You can even buy bristleworms from some sources.

Even large bristleworms are starting to be better understood
Look for bristle worms at night with a flashlight to see if they are present in your tank. Feeding the tank in the evening will sometimes cause them to come out and feed.

Capturing large bristleworms, if you desire to do so, can be difficult. They are secretive and primarily nocturnal. Large ones should not be captured by hand due to their sharp pincher teeth and setae which can puncture the skin. One way to capture large ones is to place a rock with a hollow on the bottom side onto the sand in the evening. A piece of shrimp or similar can be placed into the hollow to act as bait. The next day the rock can be removed and the worms will come out with the rock, or they can be captured using a net or tweezers and disposed of. There are also traps available on the market. Biological controls are sometimes mentioned. Several species of Wrasses, Copperbanded Butterflyfish, Banded Coral Shrimp and Arrow Crabs are all suppose to eat bristleworms, but I doubt that they will eat the large ones which are the only ones to possibly be concerned about. My recommendation is to leave them alone unless you have reason to believe they are causing damage. Also be aware that when an animal, such as a clam dies, the bristle worms will frequently feed on the carcass as will any scavenger. Many people misunderstand that the worms are only scavenging and falsely assume that the worms killed the clam or other specimen.

Of course this is just an opinion of mine.
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PostSubject: Re: bristleworms   bristleworms Icon_minitime1/19/2010, 6:56 pm

not only that but they are FUGLY :) nice reply mr.W
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