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    Posted: October 10 2010 at 8:07pm

One of my fish jump into my overflow and when I went to get him out, I noticed a few pink fuzzy worms.  I didn't think to take a picture of them at the time.  They look just like earth worms except they are pink and they have hair like a caterpillar. What are these things and are they bad or good.  I had to empty my overflow to get my fish and when I restarted my water, a few of them ended up in my tank. I took them out, but I'm sure there are more in my overflow.  I also noticed  a bunch of pink soft splotches on the inside of my overflow.  Should I be worried?Confused

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I've been checking the site and I think I found them.  I think they are Bristle Worms. I didn't touch them, I used my tweesers but atleast they are not bad for the tank.  wwwwhhhheeee. Just incase anyone was wondering.
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Good work. Good detritivores. They eat detritus/crud that accumulates behind rocks. They are also part of the reason a dead fish disappears overnight.

Continual overfeeding creates a mass like this that can be easily removed when they tangle themselves up in Bridal Veil material wrapped around some meaty food.


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These things are great for your tank unless they look like the picture above.  Had a friend hand feed a single guy for over a year and he got huge like the size of a dime in diameter.  Pretty cool to see!

I have a couple that come out every time I move a certain frag on my sand but I just leave them be!
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Actually Mark, even a mass like that is good for the tank.  If they hadn't been cleaning up all the excess food being fed to the tank it would likely have crashed.LOL
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Dont show my arrow crab that pic, he might start to drool LOL

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