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Bristle Worms

Anyone purposely keep bristle worms in their tank or Refugium?

When I bought this tank 2 years ago, I was told there was a bristle worm in it and this is the first time I've seen one. I'm just debating if I should put it in my refugium to help clean up detritus or to discard it. Its about 8" long when stretched out.

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there good scavengers that's fit sure I personally just don't like them

That's not a bristle worm...well its a type but a bad type that's a fire worm and it can sting............overall not a good thing to have in your tank although some reg. bristle worms are ok in your refugium and for that guy I would get rid of it...make sure you don't get to close to it!

yea the only ones I ever seen was Brown

That's definitely one u don't want in ur display the fuge? Maybe make sure u don't touch that one either. The small pink and purplish ones are good and u can handle them but that species is Def one u don't want it's called a fire bristle worm I would just toss it

I tossed it. It just happened to come out when the lights were on and I used my long grabbers to get it out. I definitely kept my hands away from it. I just don't know how I've never come across it before. The tank has been moved twice and rocks and corals have been moved around quite a bit in the last two years.

That does look a little more like a fire worm instead of bristle worm to me. I personally like bristle worms myself unless/until they get to be plague numbers which ends up bad but other than that they are a great part of a clean up crew in my book. Bristle worms you can touch but fire worms will sting as far as my knowledge goes.
Oh and not wanting to be a party pooper or anything but I imagine if you have that big of one, you probably have more.

If they get really big they'll even prey on smaller fish . My first tank I had uo and running for about a year and half I looked in there and I had a fire worm eating my feather duster they can be hard to detect

I had 2 big fire worms and about 5 smaller ones in my old rock set up....they never killed any thing but its just not the risk you want to take.....so that's I chose to restart...........I had just about every salt water pest there is out there! Thank fully not any more thanks to my old sixline RIP buddy and welcome my new sixline

[quote="Mohara402" post=22025]If they get really big they'll even prey on smaller fish . My first tank I had uo and running for about a year and half I looked in there and I had a fire worm eating my feather duster they can be hard to detect[/quote] I blamed them for the disappearance of my mandarin and sea horses when I had my nano.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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