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    nikecivic
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    Bristle worms

    Post by nikecivic on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:01 am

    Are bristle worms really that bad? My refugium at work is full of them. I know I've seen tanks that were devastated by bristle worms but that is a worst case scenario.
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    clownfish14
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    Re: Bristle worms

    Post by clownfish14 on Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:26 am

    I dont see how they could be bad unless they get really big. I think of them as a great addition to a CUC.


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    Re: Bristle worms

    Post by dwolson2 on Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:02 am

    A lot of people say they are good for CUC, but I think they are an eyesore when their numbers are too much. I have thought about trading my shrimp for a six line so I can throttle back on the numbers in my tank.


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    Crusty Old Shellback
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    Re: Bristle worms

    Post by Crusty Old Shellback on Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:59 pm

    I got rid of mine and since I did, my corals started growing better. I had soem huge ones. I know they are supposed to be good but at night after the lights went out, my rocks would be "moving" because they were covered with small worms. I actually took all the rocks out and soaked them in fresh water to rid them of worms. Some were huge, like 3/8" around and at least 6" long.
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    dfladermaus
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    Re: Bristle worms

    Post by dfladermaus on Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:32 pm

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with bristle worms. If you have Eucnid worms that is a whole other topic, but the standard bristle worm is a great free detritivore and sand stirrer. There are lots of other worms too that are great, spaghetti worms, peanut worms...google ron shimek and read what he has to say, lots of great articles by him on this topic.
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    Crusty Old Shellback
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    Re: Bristle worms

    Post by Crusty Old Shellback on Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:40 pm

    I've got a sandbed full of Spagetti worms and agree they are gerat.

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