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Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by davEjones on Sun 02 Oct 2011, 9:11 pm

Ive noticed the past couple days a light color sand on the side of my rock. During one of my hour gazing periods I noticed the sandy dust coming out of a hole like a hour glass and then it will stop. About 10 seconds later it will start again for about 5 seconds. What is digging in my rock? scratch Its at an angle where I cant see up the hole. Anyone know what it might be?

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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by ritter678 on Sun 02 Oct 2011, 9:59 pm

Dangle a cockle or prawn in front of the hole with the pumps off and see if anything takes part...





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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by davEjones on Sun 02 Oct 2011, 10:01 pm

Ill give it a try.

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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by davEjones on Sun 02 Oct 2011, 11:00 pm

Ive been reading up and it looks like all the symptoms lead to a "Eunice". A worm. Sad I thought I would only have to worry about worms with my dog. Anyone had any trouble with these things. This thing is going at my rock like it means business. Is there something I can add to my tank?

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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by ritter678 on Sun 02 Oct 2011, 11:21 pm

Try this



It won't get it out but maybe you'll figure out what's in there..
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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by matt_longview on Mon 03 Oct 2011, 10:11 am

If you're worried about the rock I wouldn't be. New holes only makes it more effective at doing its job. I would try to figure out what is doing it... but rocks with more holes are better than rocks with less.

Good luck finding out what it is... no reason to freak out until you know though. :-)
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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by davEjones on Mon 03 Oct 2011, 11:48 am

Thanks. That makes me feel a little at ease. Wasn't real sure what to do.

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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by DonnieP on Mon 03 Oct 2011, 1:39 pm

There are so many critters that bore into the rock, break a piece open sometime and take a look. Peanut worms are excellent borers in softer rock and a handy addition to the reef, most anything that it could be is probably ok for the reef. There are lots of boring urchins and boring mollusks that live in the rock also, all beneficial.
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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by Bryan on Mon 03 Oct 2011, 1:47 pm

davEjones wrote: Is there something I can add to my tank?

You could try :






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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by davEjones on Mon 03 Oct 2011, 3:51 pm

Lol! That's great. Where can I pick up one of those guys?!.

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Re: Something is digging in my live rock?

Post by Bryan on Mon 03 Oct 2011, 4:53 pm

I think they are seasonal, and very hard to catch. They do grow to be quite large so a future tank upgrade may be needed. Still unknown if they are reef safe, but they are known to be carnivores.
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Post by davEjones on Mon 03 Oct 2011, 5:50 pm

lol!

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