Coral Eating Worm?

Discussion in 'Coral Diseases' started by OnlyTono, Feb 28, 2015.

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  1. OnlyTono

    OnlyTono Spaghetti Worm

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    Great resource. I'll be bookmarking hat one.
    If someone had told me about it as well, I don't think I would have believed it either. I was stunned when I finally caught a glimpse of this guy going to work on my coral
     
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  3. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    It looks like a rock boring worm.Is it possible this worm was just living in a hole on your dieing coral?Not trying to be a wise guy:) but if you were having Alk. problems the 2 may be completely unrelated.
     
  4. OnlyTono

    OnlyTono Spaghetti Worm

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    I defiantly had some ALk issues, but that actually happened AFTER this issue started (I made a boneheaded mistake in how I performed the ALK tests and dosed accordingly) But that's for a whole different thread, and it has since been corrected. :)

    I actually observed, on multiple occasions, a worm that looked just like this one (same round head , same eye shape) actually eating the coral. I couldn't catch it, since it was just too fast. I was able to get a pair of tweezes over his body a few times, but then before I could snap them closed, It would retract and disappear into the rock.

    I can't say with 100% certainty this was THE worm I was trying to catch - there could be another. But I'll keep an eye on the coral with my little red flashlight again tonight to see if he comes out.

    Fingers crossed..
     
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    I had a rock boring worm just like that demolished my sunset montipora. Reef dip ended up doing the trick and getting them out but I believe they cause damage. I was able to save a small piece luckily but it's crazy how it happens.