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Do snails, crabs, or bristleworms eat very small feather dusters?

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nanome

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Hi all, I am new to this reef stuff. Just set up my nanocube with a couple of Live Rocks. One LR has about 15 very small feather dusters and couple of tubes, all situated within 3 inches square. All are very small; sizes vary from a piece of rice to the tip of the little finger. I also have a small snail and a bristle worm in this tank.

This morning i saw the snail sitting on one of the feather duster. (It might be just sitting next to one or just happen to crawl on top of one, i am not sure.) Is it possible that a snail might eat very small dusters?

In the same vein, what about bristleworm, or crabs?

Would a group of janitors (snails, crabs, ...) do any harm to baby dusters, tubes?

I love these dusters and do not want anything to eat them.

Thanks
 

jks1

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lol dave, "crabs are evil"- the bristle worm wont bother anything, just help keep the sand clean.
 

nanome

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The snail I mentioned has some a tube like a elephant trunk. It uses the tube to feels its way around the LR. I was just wondering that it might stick that tube down the mouth of a baby duster and sucks the life out of the innocent little thing.

As for the bristleworm,

Maybe i just a paranoid new parent :) Thanks for all the replies. I learned a lot from this site.
 

Curtswearing

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First of all, WELCOME TO REEF FRONTIERS!!!

Secondly, I would assume by your description that you have a strombus or nassarius snail. If so, they would only harm the featherduster if it had already died.

Can you take a picture?

PS....the population of feather dusters goes up and down all of the time based on dissolved nutrients. If you don't see the same amount of featherdusters, it doesn't necessarily mean that something killed it.
 

scottd34

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I have plenty of hermits, an emerals crab and several species of snail and my little featherdusters are still around. They just ignore them in my tank.
 
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