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Weird worm???


dpotts

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Last night while adding un-cured live rock to my new tank, I noticed a wierd worm...at least I think it was a worm. It was worm-like but flat. It was pink/orange in colour but had hair (maybe legs) all the way around the edges. It also had a rounded end! I did not remove it...thought it would be better to leave it alone. What the heck was that? Is it okay to leave it in the new tank?

Thanks,

Deanna

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Thanks. Will it die while my tank cycles?

Probably not. They are pretty tough. I have mixed feelings about them. Yes, they do some clean up, but they can also get pretty big (not too unusual to see them 4 or 5 inches long in my tank) and it does hurt when you accidentally touch them. The spines are like small cactus thorns. I'm always getting stung when I go to pick up a rock in my tank.

I had a picture of my finger with bristleworm thorns in it, but I can't find it right now.

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Found them! Lets see if I can attach the picture. post-28-1216657596_thumb.jpg

That's impressive. Personally, I remove them when I'm able, just to keep their numbers reduced. I think they tend to irritate my ricordeas when they squirrel around in and out of the rocks they are attached to. About 90% of the time I spot a bristleworm making a home in the rock near my rics, they usually detach soon after. Could be a coincidence ...

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