The last time I posted about Bristle Worms on this site, I was convinced that I would be catching hundreds of them [slight exaggeration]. The last times I set the trap, I set it up on the live rocks. The bristle worm trap proved ineffective on the live rocks.
I was able to prop the trap in a way that allowed easy entrance into it. That did not matter. I did not catch any bristle worms.
Removing Live Rock
Just today I decided to go ahead with my plan of stripping all the live rock out of the tank for a major rock/substrate maintenance job. I have been battling red algae in my tank and feel this is the next step in getting that stuff under control.
I started to pull out the chunks of live rock, one by one. I then washed each one thoroughly in the sink. I scrubbed it with a scrub brush and clean out all the crevices. In the crevices I found a lot of BRISTLE WORMS!!
I started to pluck them out and put them onto the counter top after a while. After grossing out my girlfriend, I took a picture of the scavenged bristle worms [the enemy] and ran them down the dish disposal. Haha, take that you wormy little bastards.
I started to realize that I had quite a few more bristle worms in my tank than I imagined. The majority of them were burrowed in and under live rock. I pulled all the live rock from the tank and cleaned it all thoroughly. I then also vacuumed the substrate thoroughly.
In the Substrate
While vacuuming the substrate I also killed a lot of bristle worms. I could tell that they were getting mashed up in the rocks as I vacuumed pretty easily. They must be weak. There was a lot of pieces of bristle worm laying on the substrate after the vacuuming. I then noticed a bunch of my snails go to work. I am assuming my snails will clean up what is left.
Long Term, For Now…
For now I will just go with a few small pieces of live rock and continue to vacuum and clean substrate and rocks on a regular basis. I need to keep the red algae from setting back in.
I will also need to:
- Block the afternoon sunlight from hitting the tank. Even though the tank is strategically placed in another room to prevent sunlight contact, there is still a nice little sliver of light that sneaks through and hits the side of the aquarium. I will have to block that somehow.
- Replace my filter plumbing and create more water currents that I can control. I need to install clean plumbing to battle the algae. I also need to make sure I can create preferential water currents with upgraded water flow control.
I better now get to work.