ReefHacks | The Creepy Side of Reef Tanks – Understanding Bristle Worms

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  1. Berlibee

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    The Creepy Side of Reef Tanks – Understanding Bristle Worms.


    Do you like worms? Unless you’re a fisherman, or a fish for that matter, worms probably aren’t on your list of enjoyable creatures. It’s no surprise the very mention of bristle worms send aquarium hobbyists into a tizzy.

    Seemingly erupting out of thin air, bristle worms aren’t uncommon. In fact, almost every saltwater aquarium hobbyist will find these exotic worms wiggling in their reef tank at some point. When first noticed, your initial instinct may be to kill these foreign creatures as quickly as possible.

    But wait!

    Bristle worms aren’t marine demons sent to destroy your tank. Yes, they aren’t always the most beautiful inhabitant for your tank. But these creepy creatures can potentially act as a personal maid.

    The reef tanks universe is just as complex as our own. It seems almost every creature, no matter how creepy, plays a role in balancing your aquatic ecosystem. So what’s the role of the notorious bristle worm?

    Let’s find out ...

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    Bouncingsoul39 Well-Known Member

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    I just paid money for bristle worms! They are important detrivores. Thanks for the nice article.
     
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    Berlibee ReefHacks Team R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    You're very welcome! Maybe soon local fish stores will start selling them as well. ;)
     
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    Thanks! Great article!
     
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    Yuliya Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Thank you! There are so many questions lately about the bristle worms, people are so afraid of them. Maybe this article will help to save these creatures. ;Happy
     
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    Most feared reef cleaner in the hobby.. So many threads filled with misinformation and fear about these guys it's crazy.. Only thing to fear is the itching spines when you grab a big one by accident lol..
     
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    Completely agree. First time grabbing one 9 years ago felt like I slammed my hand in a door for almost a week...now it just feels like slight irritation/numbing/slightly mild pain combo. Nothing a lil vinegar and hot water can't fix and about 15-20 minutes later pain free. Sometimes it's barely noticeable.
     
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    Best CuC you can have in a tank, they reach all the parts that other CuC cannot reach.
     
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    So refreshing to see this thread, thank you.

    I have never understood the sterile tank way of thinking. If you have a SW you have some sort of wonderful worm living in it, if that keeps you up at night you might want to rethink this hobby. Embrace bio-diversity.
     
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    I have them in evey tank at home. I get them free as hitch hikers on other things. Most of mine are about an inch long.
     
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    Large bristleworm that lived with my pistol and YWG. :)
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    Berlibee ReefHacks Team R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    And no issues, right? ;)

    Nice! Paired with pistol? ;Woot
     

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