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Fatman
12-04-2006, 11:44 AM
This thing is HUGE easily 10 inches long, and just wondering if he's a good guy or a bad guy. He likes to come out at night and eat the leftover food off the floor.


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y158/fatty0203/Stuff121.jpg

greg97527
12-04-2006, 11:55 AM
that big? i personally would pull him out. smaller ones i leave

jojo22
12-04-2006, 12:20 PM
He appears to be a run of the mill bristle. But if he is 10 inces I would also pull him.

Fatman
12-04-2006, 12:26 PM
Whats so bad about them being big?

jojo22
12-04-2006, 12:32 PM
They can start to eat things you do not want them to eat. Also if it is that big I am sure you have plenty of babbies and removeing him will not effect your tank in any noticeable manner.

Sweetpea
12-04-2006, 01:25 PM
Wow, that thing's a monster, lol! I'm with Joe, you probably have loads of little wormie babies in there, so don't feel like you'd lose much cleaning power by taking him out.

Fatman
12-04-2006, 02:13 PM
Ok ..... I guess the gf will be happy she hates it, shes scared of it lol.

greg97527
12-04-2006, 02:23 PM
she should be lol, don't touch it, use tweazers. the bristles on there can cause a skin irritation.

carpenterwrasse
12-04-2006, 04:05 PM
be quick and thourgh they are fast and break easy...

jojo22
12-04-2006, 04:10 PM
Good luck and godspeed grasshopper.....LOL

hummer
12-05-2006, 01:47 AM
use a trap of some sort

Fatman
12-05-2006, 01:51 AM
I'll update you guys when it happens, currently Im in finals week and I dont see me doing this unless he comes out.

PS If I cut him in half and he breaks does he die or grow?

jojo22
12-05-2006, 01:57 AM
Good question. I would assume he would die but don't know that for a fact.

greg97527
12-05-2006, 02:05 AM
i think they are like regular worms and can re-generate but i'm not sure.

jojo22
12-05-2006, 02:16 AM
HHUUUMMM I think I'll do a little research since inquireing minds NEED to know (plus it has been driveing me nuts even moreso now that there is a third person that would like to know).

jojo22
12-05-2006, 02:37 AM
Ok all I have found so far is that unlike earthworms which are hermaphriditic bristle worms are either male or female with no way to tell them apart, still looking to see about survival after being split

greg97527
12-05-2006, 11:32 AM
ok i pasted an excerpt from another aquarist site here and this is what they said.

It is important that you extract the entire worm when attempting to pull it from a hole. If part of the polychaete breaks off and is left in the rock, it can regenerate the sections that were removed and become an entire worm again! To prevent this from occurring, grasp the worm as close to the base as possible and gently and gradually work it out of the hole.

In the case of larger specimens that are already in the aquarium, you can also attempt to remove them manually. They are most vulnerable to being captured at night (use a flashlight to find them after the aquarium lights have been turned off) or right after the aquarium has had a heavy feeding.

jojo22
12-05-2006, 11:48 AM
Sweet!!!! Good find, where'd ya find it, I would really like to read the rest of the article.

greg97527
12-05-2006, 12:23 PM
i don't know if it's against the rules to post other sites so ill pm ya.

perpetual98
12-05-2006, 12:48 PM
Depending on the rock that it's on, you can also try to pull the rock from the tank and put it into a bucket of fresh water. Sometimes they'll leave their hole and you can get rid of them that way. I've sent many a big bristle worm to meet their maker in our local sewerage district. :)

jojo22
12-05-2006, 12:54 PM
It's ok to post links to other sites. As long as you are not just spamming for them (and they meet the pg-13 guidelines) and they are relivent to the topic that you are starting or replying to.

dakar
12-05-2006, 01:36 PM
ok i pasted an excerpt from another aquarist site here and this is what they said.

It is important that you extract the entire worm when attempting to pull it from a hole. If part of the polychaete breaks off and is left in the rock, it can regenerate the sections that were removed and become an entire worm again! To prevent this from occurring, grasp the worm as close to the base as possible and gently and gradually work it out of the hole.

In the case of larger specimens that are already in the aquarium, you can also attempt to remove them manually. They are most vulnerable to being captured at night (use a flashlight to find them after the aquarium lights have been turned off) or right after the aquarium has had a heavy feeding.

Just as we'd expect from anywhere else citing works that are original to CR, if you are reposting someone else's works or any part thereof, please give the proper credit to the author, by name, book, or a link to the original if it's on the web (just don't hotlink thier images without permission). If every site followed this rule we'd all be happy :)

hummer
12-10-2006, 01:18 PM
what about putting him in a sump?

Fatman
12-10-2006, 02:47 PM
what about putting him in a sump?

You mean a refugium? I'd be afraid of him eating all my pods.

graphixx
12-10-2006, 02:53 PM
bristle worms are great scavengars. they are blind and hunt by smell. they do not actively hunt out prey. I have them in my tanks that are HUGE and not never removed one and have not gotten any ill effect. and one that big will keep the sand nice and stirred also. they are menacing looking but are fantastic janitors. that is just my 2 cents

Sparky
12-10-2006, 06:20 PM
I have few large ones myself. I have tried to nab them, but you are right they are quick. and at night they see that flash light and the dart back into there hole. They seem to like the nutrafin sinking food tablets maybe i can lure them out alittle father to grab'em! he he

reef123
02-16-2007, 12:54 PM
i have bristleworms in my tank so i put a trap in but they just go in, eat the bait, and crawl back out.

melev
02-16-2007, 06:24 PM
Larger ones can grow to the point that they'll eat anything. Steve Weast found and documented one that was around 13 feet long, and it would mow down an entire area of zoanthids overnight. You can read about it on

www.oregonreef.com

The larger ones in my tank are moved to the refugium or prop section to help deal with detritus.