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Old 06-10-2017, 6:11 PM   #1
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I have had these tube like structures in my tank for a long time. They do not seem to cause issues but recently started to grow inbetween some of my acan heads. They are about 1/16" in diameter and 1/4" long. They sometimes have a thread like tentacle about an inch long. What are theae and are they a problem?

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Old 06-11-2017, 5:16 PM   #2
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Vermetid Snail and can irritate corals.


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Old 06-11-2017, 5:18 PM   #3
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Or Polychaete - Chaetopterid/Spionid.


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Old 06-12-2017, 8:23 AM   #4
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These look exactly like the spionid pics I found online including the threadlike tentacle.

While these may not be considered a nuisance, they are covering all of my old rock and are migrating to the new rock. Should I be alarmed and is there anytbing I can do to reduce or eliminate these?

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Old 06-12-2017, 9:55 AM   #5
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See if you can break them off. Thats what I do, especially when I get frags with them.

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Old 06-12-2017, 12:15 PM   #6
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From what I have read so far breaking then off sounds like the way to go, I have at least a thousand though.

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Old 06-13-2017, 10:46 AM   #7
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I have read that peppermint shrimps or copperbands will eat these. Does anyone know if this is true and whether the tube would remain?

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Old 06-13-2017, 10:59 AM   #8
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Here is abother site

http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f1.../202739?page=1


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Old 06-13-2017, 11:05 AM   #9
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This is the best site I-have found for small critter id. I read it last night but did not post it.

http://www.masa.asn.au/masawiki/inde..._the_Reef_Tank

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So I started trying to break the spionid worm tubes off with tweezers, mostly unsuccessfully, but I was able to see the little guys sometimes. After a while, I determined that most of the worm tubes were empty, they likely died or hermit crabs ate them if the sites I have been reading are somewhat correct. I have only seen a few of the worms' tentacles at any time and it sounds as though they should all be out if the tank is stirred up or during a heavy phyto feeding.

I opted to start smashing the tubes like a couple of the other web sites suggested. It stirred up quite a mess, so I will be doing a large WC shortly. They smashed relatively easily with the backside of the tweezers for the most part, there were some that were a bit more difficult that I ended up beating into the rock a bit. I did not work the difficult to reach areas yet. I guess I will find out how well the smash technique works in a few days.
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Those tubes are sharp too - be careful when you're handling your rocks. The can cut up your fingers.

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Peppermint shrimps work. I haven't seen too many new ones since adding them. Just like aiptasia, the peps don't wipe them out, but they keep them under control.

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It looks like the tank will have some peppermints as soon as I pick some up. The last time I had aptasia the peppermints wiped them out. I have been aptasia free since last year and got rid of the peppermints last year as well.

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Let me know if the peppermints work ! I have the same issue in one of my tanks


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Old 06-18-2017, 11:54 PM   #15
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Funny, mine have always left several aips behind. I've been injecting them with aiptasia x and they keep getting smaller, but they never completely disappear. I don't see any new ones at least.

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