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Tube Worms/Feather Dusters

Discussion in 'Pests and Possible Troublesome Inverts' started by TheRealChrisBrown, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have an outbreak of Tube Worms or Feather Dusters (not sure what to call them) in my display. I have tried manual removal and can get a lot out, but they come back fairly quickly. They originated in my sump and I was ok with them there, then they migrated upstairs to the display. To do a more thorough manual removal I'd need to take apart my rock work and disturb corals. So after manual removal does anybody have any suggestions? Would a Copper Banded Butterfly or an Aiptasia Filefish go after them?

  2. flyfish

    flyfish Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I had a dottyback that cleaned mine out,even the ornamental one.Be careful if you have peppermint shrimp cause she ate them as well.She ate pretty well for about a week.I wish I would have studied up on those fish before I bought one
  3. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    Will Peppermint Shrimp eat the tube worms?
  4. aquarius

    aquarius Copepod

    Green and yellow coris wrasses will eat feather desserts as well.
  5. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    why remove them? they are kick ass filter feeders and don't harm anything, so why do you want to get rid of them? but yes, many wrasses will eat them
    halmus and timnem70 like this.
  6. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    I agree they are awesome filter feeders, but I don't like them in my display. Don't mind them in the sump at all. They are just starting to go crazy in the display.
  7. katyttt

    katyttt Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Copper Band Butterfly eat them as well but will also go after other feather dusters along with the wrasses.
  8. ReefCheif

    ReefCheif Marlin Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    Copperband or any type of halichores wrasse will also eat them
  9. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    I bought a Copperband and he immediately went after them....like with a vengeance. Same with the smaller aiptasia in my tank.
  10. johanliam

    johanliam Registered Users

  11. JZinCO

    JZinCO Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Mine (pep shrimp) don't touch tube worms. Not sure if pep shrimp are ever worth the gamble. I've got two and they have been occasionally naughty but not terrible.
  12. Stickhead

    Stickhead Copepod

    My tank was previously overrun by them. No adverse effects, I think they actually help with the biological filter a lot. I could never find a solid way to get rid of them either though. following along

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