View Full Version : I found a bristleworm in my new tank.. and I think Im going to set it on fire

08/19/2011, 08:40 PM
I found a bristleworm in my new tank.. and I think Im going to set it on fire. It looks like a disgusting repulsive centipede, and if I can catch that little *#^(*# I'm going to set it on fire, and shoot its putrid remains into the sky on a bottle rocket. Does anyone have any good reasons not to do this? I cant stand it in my tank....let me revise that... I cannot rest easy knowing this thing is alive and withing 25 miles of me.

08/19/2011, 08:51 PM
There good for your tank real good cleaners I'd keep it in

08/19/2011, 08:58 PM
I bet there's more than one to

08/19/2011, 09:00 PM
might not be a bristle. some worms that look like centipedes are bad. do a better id.

with bristles if u have 1 u have many.

08/19/2011, 09:01 PM
YES???? FIRE< FIRE>..... burn it lol but take a video haha

08/19/2011, 09:01 PM
Bristleworms are some of the best sand and rock cleaners there are. They look nasty, and you don't want to touch them, but they're good for the tank.

08/19/2011, 09:02 PM
Not sure why you would want to get rid of it. If you dont like the looks of it, you have a lot to look forward to. There will more than likely be a lot of things worse than that at some point.

08/19/2011, 09:19 PM
Well I was all ready with a screw extractor claw waiting for it to rear its ugly head, with some gasoline out on the porch and a bottle rocket all ready.... but my gf came home, and made me feel bad. She said that it is just a little worm, and that it didn't choose to be that way. *sigh. Now I cant do it. I guess he will be allowed to live... FOR NOW.


08/19/2011, 09:31 PM
You really don't want a "perfect" sterile tank...then it wouldn't be a reef tank LOL. Biodiversity is the key.

08/19/2011, 09:32 PM
Well, I think I like your gf lol.
But, I still don't understand why you would want to brutally kill a creature that will help your tank?

08/19/2011, 09:34 PM
they really are good for your tank..... if i didn't have any I would be concerned.

08/19/2011, 10:00 PM
Someone needs to see a therapist.

08/19/2011, 10:11 PM
Get us a picture if you can? If it is a bristle worm, leave it in there, they are a great addition to a clean up crew and will do more good than harm. If its a fire worm, burn the whole tank to the ground and start over, they are pure evil and can eat fish much larger than they are, kinda like a snake!!

08/19/2011, 10:52 PM
ok ill get a picture the next time I see him. Blech. I mean he didnt choose to be what he is... but ech I dont want that in the house... Maybe its just cause I am cycling the tank at this point and there isnt anything else really that interesting to look at.. the brittle stars are cool but they dont move and i have a mushroom thats popping up... and unfortunately i was kind of excited because something really small I found was growing but my friend said its aptasia... oh well im getting some aptasia-x and ill nuke the sucker, but that bristle worm man, cant get over how disgusting it is.

08/19/2011, 10:53 PM
Ill get a picture.. But really guys I appreciate the input. lol even if I over reacted.

08/20/2011, 02:07 AM
Try a coral banded shrimp, they prey on bristleworms. After I added one into my tank, I rarely seem a worm, and it's usually tiny one at that. They are good cleaners, but some people like myself don't like their look in the tank.

08/20/2011, 08:49 AM
Lol just make sure its not a eunucid worm o.O


Dont want to wait till this happens.


08/20/2011, 10:08 AM
You will see far more alarming things in a proper marine tank than a harmless little bristle worm---and many of them are not good to touch, but are good for your tank. Cruel treatment of marine life is not acceptable. Points to your gf.

08/20/2011, 11:19 AM
Can we stop calling normal creatures evil? They don't have the capacity. They do what they're made to do. Thanks!

08/20/2011, 11:35 AM
someone needs to see a therapist.

08/20/2011, 11:39 AM
In the context of a closed reef tank, I think something like that Eunicid worm can be evil, or at least cause evil, it may have a purpose in the ocean, but not in an aquarium. Can you imagine a worm like that in your colon? my god. Well rest assured the little worm is still alive I may get one of those fish that eat it, but who knows.

08/20/2011, 01:42 PM
Things that aren't safe in your main tank are often able to live quite useful lives in the sump, where they can eat detritus and otherwise help keep your tank clean. You can also have it to gross out deserving visitors. This goes for eunicids, crabs, and strange crawlers of all sorts.

08/20/2011, 01:43 PM
Unfortunately coral bandeds have no objection to fish in their diet either.

08/20/2011, 03:48 PM
agree with Sk8r. I have alot of unwanted animals in my fuge.. I dont do anything in that tank without gloves on. Oh and bristleworms are great for your tank unless that get HUGE.

08/20/2011, 06:30 PM
OMG they can get huge?

08/20/2011, 06:43 PM
I have 3 (that I def know of) that are "huge" and they are good cleanup citizens.. They are each about 1/2 in wide and about 12 in long :lol: I use to have another.. but I accidentally killed him.. poor little bugger..
anywhooo.. bristleworms are one of the "good guys" and if you plan to have a reef.. you def want to keep them around IMO :lol2:

08/21/2011, 06:10 PM
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/594/downloadel.jpg/ There he is rearing his ugly head.

08/21/2011, 06:11 PM

08/21/2011, 07:07 PM
there he is by the way rearing his ugly head. Let me know if someone can confirm its a bristleworm, because if its something bad.... I would love nothing more than to kill it. http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/5497/downloadlz.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/20/downloadlz.jpg/)

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