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    Question Worm or Part of Coral?

    Is this a worm attacking the coral? Part of the coral?

    If worm, bad or good?

    Look in lower left quadrant of picture for the white thread-like item.

    Sorry, old iPhone used for picture and video. First try at picture and video posting.

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    Worm, or sessile snail
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herefishyfishy View Post
    Worm, or sessile snail
    Didn't look like a vermitid snail to me as I didn't see the netting and retraction. If it is a worm do you think it is harmful to the coral?

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    watching the video, it doesn't look at all to me like a vermited, but there could be varieties i'm unaware of. its certainly weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spieszak View Post
    watching the video, it doesn't look at all to me like a vermited, but there could be varieties i'm unaware of. its certainly weird.
    I agree, it has a pin worm type look from what I could see of it outside the coral. White, slender, with a tapered tip. It will be interesting to see if it is still there tonight.

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    Could not see whatever is was last night. Since I'm not sure if was a worm or something the coral put out, any tips on trapping?

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    not sure what the corals are there as to if it is a sweeper tenticle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herefishyfishy View Post
    not sure what the corals are there as to if it is a sweeper tenticle
    I picked it up at the fire sale for the 700 gallon tank last Saturday. I need to learn to ask what it is while I had experts around. Only thing I asked was how much for that acro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herefishyfishy View Post
    not sure what the corals are there as to if it is a sweeper tenticle
    Just a heads up. I tried the link in your signature area and it didn't work. Invalid link.

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    most of the older build thread links are broken from site upgrades i think. searches are really hard becuase when its in the sig line like that it posts for every post. best bet seems to be to look around in the members showcase area...
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    Quote Originally Posted by spieszak View Post
    most of the older build thread links are broken from site upgrades i think. searches are really hard becuase when its in the sig line like that it posts for every post. best bet seems to be to look around in the members showcase area...
    Thanks, I will search around in the members showcase area.

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    Looks like a worm to me.

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    Does it just go with the flow and retract rather quickly when disturbed? I've see Digitate Hydroids look similar. I have one that hangs from my ato sensor that is quite long.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NanaReefer View Post
    Does it just go with the flow and retract rather quickly when disturbed? I've see Digitate Hydroids look similar. I have one that hangs from my ato sensor that is quite long.


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    Whatever is was, was just going with the flow. I do not know if would have retracted when disturbed. Probably 3/4". Only saw it the one night and I haven't seen it since.

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    Worm or Part of Coral?

    They usually come out when they sense food in the water column, and when the lights go dim or out.
    If indeed it is a Digitate Hydroid care should be taken as they pack a powerful sting. Also increase rapidly in higher nutrient waters. But decrease with cleaner water


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