DIY Bristle Worm Trap - How To

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Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know what a Bristle Worm is and why you may need to "trap" it. But in case you are not quite sure ....
Bristle worms are free-living segmented worms with an elongated body that has a pair of "appendages" as well as tufts of bristles (hence the name) on each segment of its body.


Above photo courtesy of bobbychullo

These critters can vary A LOT in terms of size and color. They can usually be found living on or in the aquarium substrate and live rock. They like to move around at night, so go looking after dark with a flashlight ....
They might also show themselves when the tank is being fed.
This guys can be a problem for reef keepers, and can cause headaches when they get particularly large. (And they can grow quickly!) They feed on all sorts of things ...

For those who have one of these hungry guys and who want to get them out of your tank, Cromag08 has come up with what he calls a "Super Easy DIY Bristle Worm Trap"

Here's what you need in terms of Materials:
- small plastic beverage bottle (rigid is better)
- box cutter/razor blade
- scissors
- straws

(remaining photos courtesy of Cromag08)

Step One:
Wash out the bottle really well and take off any packaging material.

Step Two:
Use the razor blade to cut three "X"s evenly spaced along one side of the bottle.

Step Three:
Use your scissors to cut out holes. You want the holes so that your straws will fit snug.




Step Four:

Now cut three holes in the opposite side. These new holes should not be exactly straight across from the first row of holes, but rather a little closer. the final photo will show why this is.

Step Five:
Cut the straws and insert them into the holes.


Note: You want all of the straws to touch the sand, that is why the second row of holes need to be offset a little and not straight across from the first row.

Step Six:
Put some meaty food inside, place the trap in your tank with the lid on and make sure the straws are near the sand. Leave it in your tank overnight.

Step Seven:
The next morning, check your trap and marvel at the glorious beauty of the bristle worm!

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I have been involved in the saltwater industry since 1996. I have previously worked with importers of fish and coral directly, including obtaining some of the very first (and only) true "Lemon Drop" Bubble Tip anemones several years ago. I have been working with all types of anemones since I first started in the hobby, gaining one of the most extensive knowledge bases for a hobbyist in the process, and have run several very successful propagation systems.

In 2004 I got serious about water purification and began researching the topic, as there was a lot of misinformation out there (still is!) Im lucky enough to live by Spectrapure, the gods of water purification. I have also been involved in woodworking and plastic fabrication since 2004, in this industry.

My business Octo Aquatics™, has brought to life several firsts in our hobby - such as the clear screen aquarium lid (Octo Lid™), as well as other products that utilize high powered magnets cased inside my specialized Octo Pods™. My products are hand assembled right here in Arizona!

I am also an ex-professional photographer and have toured the U.S. and other countries with bands, and my work has been published world-wide.

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