Re:bristleworm update

Pete Giwojna

Dear Amanda:

Good work! It’s only the larger bristleworms in excess of 2-3 inches that are likely to be troublemakers, so removing the largest of these prickly pests is very appropriate and the next best thing to removing them intact is to break them in two with your tweezers. So cutting one of the bristleworm in two won’t be harmful to your tank. They bisected worm will not grow into two new worms, although sometimes the head end can grow a new tail. Most likely it will die, to furnish a welcome meal for its fellow bristleworms and your other aquarium janitors, such as the Nassarius snails and micro-hermit crabs in your cleanup crew. No problem. Good riddance.

If you would like to learn about bristleworms and when they may be harmful in the aquarium, please contact me off list at [email protected] and I will e-mail you a copy of Michael Noreen’s excellent Bristleworm FactSheet and FAQs.

Best of luck getting out your bristleworm population, Amanda!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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