Unknown hitchhikers

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Peter B, May 13, 2017.

  1. Peter B

    Peter B Supporting Member

    Hello everyone! I've recently been noticing quite a few of these weird brown spiraling tubes in my tank. They are all over the rocks and especially on the hard skeletons of my LPS. Does anyone know what these are?? Pics on the way soon.
     
  2. Peter B

    Peter B Supporting Member

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  3. Kremis

    Kremis Supporting Member

    some type of tube worm, forgot what they were called. harmless filter feeders
     
  4. Peter B

    Peter B Supporting Member

    Okay cool. I was worried for a second.
     
  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Hard to tell from the pics. Google vernetid snail and see if that's what they look like to you. Not harmless.
     
  6. Peter B

    Peter B Supporting Member

    That is what they look like. I looked it up and it said that they impede stony coral growth. How do you recommend I remove them?


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  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Manual removal. Screw driver, bone cutters, however you can.
     
  8. Peter B

    Peter B Supporting Member

    Okay thanks


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  9. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    Blow torch. And are you dipping your corals? Inspecting?
     
  10. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I don't think dips kill these. I think they need to be spotted and manually removed before going in the dt. These are on my most (un)wanted list.
     
  11. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I find vermatids very hard to avoid. Have you been successful thus far Flagg?


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  12. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Funny you ask. I just killed two yesterday and I've seen one or two before. I kill them the moment I see them to try and limit any chance they have to reproduce.
     
  13. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    For awhile I was trying to kill them on sight, but there were some in the nooks and crannies of the rock work and along the back. Those were multiplying and I knew it was a losing battle. So now I'm just letting it ride. Most people on the forums seem to say that the tide may ebb with time, but it seems like you're experience was different.


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  14. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I've decided to let it go. I only intervene if they release the slime trails and it comes into contact with corals. But I'll admit even if they don't touch any corals, I will trace the slime back and crush the vermitid. Its just unsightly.

    There were some in my 190 but now I don't see any slime trails anymore. Even when I feed the tank. My 2 wrasses (Radiant and Ornate) might have cleaned them up.
     
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  15. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    I stopped crushing them too, but it seems my population of vermatid are kept in check with my radiant and yellow coris wrasse. Seems that they're also keeping check on baby trochus snails too.
     

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