Bristleworms: What Are They And How Do They Live In An Aquarium?

Bristleworms are segmented worm with long tufts extending from each of their segments. They can grow very large, up to 24 inches in a tank. They are nocturnal and live in or under a live rock or in the tank substrat. Fireworms can attack perfectly healthy fish at night when the fish is sleeping in a crack or crevice of live rock. (max_bytes(150000):strip_icc()/bristleworm-what-are-they-2925119fINAL-5bb4ca914cedfd0026c1cc13-f24c7fc29f1430ea830460a693a6bc7. jpg) There are natural predators of bristleworms. An introduced predator will eat the bad worm, but species such as these will eat desirable inverts and crustaceans. Bristlesworms can be picked up with a pair of tweezers or tongs and disposed of.

illustration of predators that feed on bristleworms

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