Bristle/Blood worm in my Reef Tank and Trap. Bristleworms are segmented worms with bristly tufts extending from each of their segments. They can grow very large, up to 2 foot, but most are between 1-6 inches long. They are nocturnal and tend to stay in or under live rock, or substrate. You usually wont even know you have them unless you look for them at night, they are great hiders.
Bristleworms multiply extremely fast, and grow even faster, and even tho some a beneficial to your tank, they can easily overrun your tank and cause irritation and other problems for your tank inhabitants.
NEVER GRAB A BRISTLE WORM WITH YOUR BARE HANDS!! THEIR BRISTLES ARE VERY THIN AND WILL EMBED IN YOUR SKIN, CAUSING A SEVERE ITCH, SOME SAY THEY GIVE YOU AN ELECTRIC SHOCK FEEL.
Bristle worms primarily are scavengers, they honestly do the work that no one else will do, by consuming uneaten food, detritus, and carrion in a saltwater aquarium. There is controversy about if they eat corals or not, we of course, are not willing to chance our prize corals getting eaten, so we had to remove as many as possible by created a simple homemade trap.
The Trap is very simple to create, all you need is a small bottle, 3 straws and a wax gun. Take the straws and cut them into 6 even pieces, whatever size works for your tank, place holes in the bottle and hot wax the straws in a stagger like position where the straws have a slight angle where it touches the substrate on the outside and doesn't touch any surface in the bottle so they can not climb back out of the bottle, place a cube of frozen fish food and some gravel or something a little heavy to help keep the bottle down in the water, put in the tank right before lights out and remove in the morning right before the lights come back on, you will be amazed on how many you catch the first night. We recommend that you place the bottle in your tank a few nights in a row, always placing the bottle in different areas in your tank. If you feel like your not catching as many as you should change what kind of food you put in the bottle, we used a frozen mysys cube, but they like cooked shrimp, raw clams, raw mussel meat, pieces of edible fish, brine shrimp, just about anything you would feed your fish. We found they really come after a food with a fishy odor to it, but you can mix and match foods to help you get better results, sense it will be in the bottle you wont have to worry about any of the food breaking down in your tank, when you pull the trap and dump it, youll be pulling the food out too, put fresh food in each night and don't leave the trap thru the day, they might get back out.
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