View Full Version : worm in new tank

07/30/2013, 12:20 PM
I finally got set up. 40 b tank 40 b sump , 40 lbs of aragonite sand , protein skimmer. I went with a 36 " led light system instead of a 250 mh. (wife's idea)

I went to the one of the best fish stores in the area and bought some really cool base rock (dry), I bought 6 lbs of live rubble as well. the rubble included around 6 crab shells , most of the rubble was over golf ball size and covered in blue , purple and pink Coraline algae. I rushed home and put the rocks in the tank, and settled in for the cycle. Its been three days and the ammonia has barely risen. not even .25 yet. I got up this morning and was checking it out and saw a small pea sized white ball of fuzz on a piece of rock. and what looks like some green grass (really small) on another piece. but then my son spotted a worm !!! It looks like about three inches long, black with some light colored stripes, long feelers. about a inch and a half was hanging out one hole in the base rock and the feelers were hanging out a different hole. when we tried to get closer it went in and hid. oh and there is quite a bit of brown algae growing on my rock now as well. I will try to get a pic of the worm. I saw some pics of a pineapple sponge, looks just like that white puff.

I wasnt planning on seeing life for six weeks to 3 months !sweet.

07/30/2013, 12:34 PM
Can you get an ID from this page (http://www.chucksaddiction.com/hitchworms.html)of worm hitch hikers? A black worm with long feelers doesn't sound good to me. Makes me think of an Eunicid worm.

If you want to find some neat stuff, wait about an hour after your lights go out and grab a flashlight covered with red plastic. You'll be able to scope out the tank without disturbing the inhabitants. For some reason they can't see the red light and won't get scared. It's best to do this after the room has been pitch black for awhile.

07/30/2013, 01:10 PM
sorry crappy pics, looks like its at least 6 inches long. no exaggerationhttp://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii588/yehaadon/007_zps4624cc34.jpg.

suggestions on getting camera to focus ?

07/30/2013, 01:19 PM
Search Google for Eurythoe Complanata and see if that looks like your worm. It's just hard to see in that picture.

As for the focus aspect, I still don't have any clue how to take a good picture of my aquarium. :D

There is a photography forum (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=118) here where they can probably point you in the right direction.

07/30/2013, 02:47 PM
hey spidey , thanks for the tips!

07/30/2013, 03:24 PM
I feel like an idiot ! that was a stomattela snails head in one hole and a bristle worm in the hole next to it ! weird find two things at the same time ! well at least Ive identified them !

07/31/2013, 05:59 AM
I would have never guessed that combination. :D

07/31/2013, 06:34 AM
If you're saying that there are two different creatures in the side-by-side holes in that picture than that's incorrect. That's a bristle worm stretching out of one hole and into another. They frequently do that when in search of food. The best part is catching one 8"+ and seeing him woven throughout a rock; and then when you scare it watching it zip back through all the holes.

07/31/2013, 09:07 AM
I don't think he is saying that relates to that picture, but when he initially saw the worm with his son. I think the picture came after the initial sighting.