View Full Version : Brisle worm invasion

07/24/2017, 11:11 PM
HI I have a question about trying to kill Bristle worms that have invaded my green star polyp Coral I had my green star polyp coral on my sand bed and the bottom grew closed so it makes little canals or tunnels in the coral and I now have a lot of bristle worms living inside of the coral what would be the best way to kill them and get them out without damaging the GSP

07/25/2017, 03:20 AM
Some wrasse will eat smaller ones. A small sized fish trap baited with a piece of shrimp overnight might attract them in - I've never needed to try a trap because I have 2 wrasse that I think eat them and keep their numbers very low.

07/25/2017, 06:05 AM
I gave up worrying about bristle worms. They are good for the tank and the numbers will stabilize on their own.

07/30/2017, 03:26 PM
I believe a six line wrasse will eat all that up. Atleast in my tank they did n i dont see them anymore.

08/17/2017, 08:12 AM
A wrasse will keep them in check, but overtime they've become considered lest pest and more of a danger while handling rocks. I've been stung by one that way, and it wasn't fun.

08/18/2017, 10:09 AM
If bristleworms are invading a coral it probably means that coral is having trouble. The worms, by eating decaying flesh, can actually help a coral survive. See what might be the trouble with the coral. Are others ok? Alkalinity around 8.3?

09/06/2017, 08:17 PM
Do not put a six line wrasse. They are evil. Put an Arrow Crab. They are easy to catch in case they grow too big and are causing issues.

Louis Z
09/07/2017, 03:55 AM
2nd the arrow crab . They seem to relish them and I love seeing them pull the bristleworms apart . Some bristleworms are not benign as some think . Yes I think they are good for a sand bed but I also think there are some types that are dangerous . Trying to figure that out is difficult .

09/09/2017, 03:47 AM
I second what Frogman said. + They are a vital part of the cleanup crew. If you want to keep their numbers down make sure your not over-feeding your fish and when doing water changes vacuum the gravel to remove more waste that is feeding them.

09/21/2017, 11:51 PM
Agree with carrots. they will stabilize themselves and any population explosion is most likely due to lack of siphoning and overfeeding