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OH and funny coincidence...last year my daughter made this....she called it "earthworm Barbie", so tonight, I'm browsing pictures on my computer and I come across this picture! I told her this is what is now living in my tank! hahaha

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Let the record reflect, I am not a fan of earthworm Barbie....
 
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May have hitchhiked on a shell. I've seen snails with them on their shell.
I've had this one snail for years, yeah...just one :) He's been in the tank since the beginning, wouldn't this have shown up sooner? The crabs have been in there for a long time too, at least a year.
I'm adding more snails soon, I quarantine them I'm not even sure that matters. lol Can you freshwater dip a new snail and drop it in the DT?

the only really new thing I've been adding is frozen plankton, but I doubt that brought a living thing into my tank.
 
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It's definitely a vermetid worm. I have a mean fish that knocks them off the rocks occasionally and they end up in the sand. I'd pull it out.

They multiply like crazy.
So just net that sucker out and flush it?
I still don't know where it could have come from....I was hoping my conch had a baby, hahaha
 

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I've had this one snail for years, yeah...just one :) He's been in the tank since the beginning, wouldn't this have shown up sooner? The crabs have been in there for a long time too, at least a year.
I'm adding more snails soon, I quarantine them I'm not even sure that matters. lol Can you freshwater dip a new snail and drop it in the DT?

the only really new thing I've been adding is frozen plankton, but I doubt that brought a living thing into my tank.
I honestly don't know much about their life cycle. I'll see if I can find some journal articles in the morning. I had one in my tank and never even noticed it until someone who knew what it was pointed it out. They're so small and I've never seen one moving. I would guess their juvenile phase is short, but I may be wrong. I would also guess that they probably do most moving during the night.
 

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So just net that sucker out and flush it?
I still don't know where it could have come from....I was hoping my conch had a baby, hahaha
I'm not quick to kill the diverse life in my tank, BUT when I tore down my 5 year old reef to set up my new tank, the cryptic zones of my rock had winding, swirling networks of these guys. It was disgusting. So I'm trying to keep them out of the new tank.
 

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People say remove them. But some say they are fine. The mucous is an irritant to corals. I super glued the tube to my sessile one shut. I would probably suck it out if I saw one scooting around, but it's up to you.
 

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Ahhhh, I just noticed the sad face you posted. If you like your vermetid worm, you should keep him. Just keep the numbers in check. You should be fine if you don't overfeed your tank.
 

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Please correct me if I’m wrong but I still don’t think that’s a vermetid.
I can post some scary pics tomorrow of my vermetid forest and it will make you a believer. Lol.

It's the tube that's a dead giveaway.
 

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I have some encrusting corals with a vermetid on them and the worm keeps making his tube longer and the coral keeps encrusting on it. It would be funny if I didn't hate them so much.
 

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Please correct me if I’m wrong but I still don’t think that’s a vermetid.
May be something else... I still think veremetid too. The shell on the back end is pretty similar to their primary shell.

The peanut worm is segmented. Which is why I asked about it early on. What else does it resemble to you?
 

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Well, don't I feel stupid. I hadn't watched the video, just looked at the first pic. It's not a tube, it's a worm. Please disregard all of my previous comments. Haha.
They actually do move. But in the juvenile phase. They’re super small. I can’t find a picture of their juvenile phase though. It’s apparently not as well documented as their adult phase.
 

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They actually do move. But in the juvenile phase. They’re super small. I can’t find a picture of their juvenile phase though. It’s apparently not as well documented as their adult phase.
That’s pretty interesting. Just learned something today:D
 

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