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Giant Feather Duster
(Sabellastarte sp.) Easy Peaceful 8" Omnivore (filter feeder) Substrate 30 gallons Yes 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 None White, Brown, Tan Indo-Pacific, Hawaii Sabellidae Fan Worms The Giant Feather Duster, also commonly known as the Hawaiian Feather Duster, is a filter feeding Fan Worm species with a fan-shaped crown that is tan or orange with brown band colorations. The fan-shaped crown of some species from certain locales may be up to 8 inches in diameter, and can vary quite a bit in colors and brightness of color. The Giant Feather Duster uses its fan-shaped crown to filter out small floating organisms suspended within the water currents, which it directs toward its mouth, which is located at the center of the crown. It protects its segmented body by secreting a parchment-like tube to cover itself and by partially burying itself within the substrate. When it is disturbed, it can quickly pull in its fan crown into its protective tube. If it is severely stressed, it will discard its crown, which it is able to grow back later. The Giant Feather Duster generally lives in the coral/sand rubble at the base of a reef aquarium, with some of the rubble being incorporated into its parchment-like tube. Giant Feather Dusters need to be housed in a well-established reef system, as it is dependent upon suspended plankton in the water currents for the majority of its diet. Placement of the this species in the aquarium is very important as it relies on the water currents for food; therefore, it should be placed where it will receive a relatively constant medium water flow. Like most marine invertebrate species the Giant Feather Duster is very intolerant of copper-based medications or any level of copper present in the system. Giant Feather Dusters are a filter feeding species, meaning they get much of their nutrition from floating microorganisms such as plankton. In the aquarium environment it is usually necessary to provide supplemental feeding of phytoplankton and liquid organic foods to provide a complete and stable diet. Placement and water movement are essential to the well being of the Giant Feather Duster, so it should be placed in the substrate where it will receive a medium water flow, in which it can filter food stuffs from the current.
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Dwarf Colored Feather Duster
(Bispira sp.) Easy Peaceful 4" Omnivore Substrate & Rocks 12 gallons Yes 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 None White, Yellow, Tan, Pink Indo-Pacific Sabellidae Fan Worms The Dwarf Colored Feather Duster is a filter feeding Fan Worm species with a fan-shaped crown that is pink, white, or yellow in color. The fan-shaped crown of this species grows usually to around 4 inches in diameter, and can vary quite a bit in colors and brightness of color. The Dwarf Colored Feather Duster uses its fan-shaped crown to filter out small floating organisms suspended within the water currents, which it directs toward its mouth, which is located at the center of the crown. It protects its segmented body by secreting a parchment-like tube to cover itself and by partially burying itself within the substrate. When it is disturbed, it can quickly pull in its fan crown into its protective tube. If it is severely stressed, it will discard its crown, which it is able to grow back later. The Dwarf Colored Feather Duster generally lives in the coral/sand rubble at the base of a reef aquarium, with some of the rubble being incorporated into its parchment-like tube. Dwarf Colored Feather Dusters need to be housed in a well-established reef system, as it is dependent upon suspended plankton in the water currents for the majority of its diet. Placement of the this species in the aquarium is very important as it relies on the water currents for food; therefore, it should be placed where it will receive a relatively constant medium water flow. Like most marine invertebrate species the Dwarf Colored Feather Duster is very intolerant of copper-based medications or any level of copper present in the system. Dwarf Colored Feather Dusters are a filter feeding species, meaning they get much of their nutrition from floating microorganisms such as plankton. In the aquarium environment it is usually necessary to provide supplemental feeding of phytoplankton and liquid organic foods to provide a complete and stable diet. Placement and water movement are essential to the well being of the Dwarf Colored Feather Duster, so it should be placed in the substrate where it will receive a medium water flow, in which it can filter food stuffs from the current.
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Cluster Duster
(Bispira brunnea) Moderate Peaceful 1" Omnivore Substrate & Rocks 12 gallons Yes 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 None Varies Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indo-Pacific Sabellidae Fan Worms Cluster Dusters grow as a mass of individual small tubeworms, sometimes totaling over 100 individuals in a single clump. The base of their tubes will anchor them to a piece of live rock or base rock in a shaded or somewhat protected area of the aquarium. Cluster Dusters are normally found in the aquarium store as several individuals attached to a small piece of rock or live rock rubble. They should always be placed in areas both shaded from direct lighting and from direct water flow as this species prefers a more gently water flow. Cluster Dusters although very attractive can be difficult to keep in the aquarium environment and is suitable only for advanced reef aquarium hobbyists with established aquariums. In the reef aquarium, Cluster Dusters will require space under an overhanging rock or coral, with a gentle current delivering their planktonic meals. They will not do well if in direct high intensity lighting or with high water movement. Since they need plankton in their diet, they will do best in an established mature reef aquarium. Their combined mass of colorful radioles will filter out the available floating plankton, but can also be withdrawn into the parchment tubes if threatened, which is often the case as this species is easily alarmed. If they become continually frightened or subjected to poor water quality, they may discard their radioles (fan tentacles), which will only be re-grown under proper conditions. The mass of their tubes is somewhat delicate, so care should be taken while transporting them. They should not be housed with predatory fish, serpent stars, urchins or any other invertebrate that may break them apart. Their diet should also be supplemented with liquid plankton solutions for continued well-rounded nutrition and overall health. The Cluster Duster is purely a filter feeding species whose diet should consist of plankton foods in the currents and should be supplemented with liquid plankton-based foods. This somewhat specialized diet make this species suitable for intermediate to advanced reef keepers only. Requires moderate, varied water flow (filter feeder).
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Christmas Tree Worm
(Spirobranchus giganteus) Difficult Peaceful 2" Omnivore (filter feeder) Substrate & Rocks 12 gallons Yes 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 None Varies Indo-Pacific Serpulidae Fan Worms The Christmas Tree Worm or as it is sometimes referred to as the Jewel Stone, is a small filter feeding invertebrate with a wide variety of colors. The Christmas Tree Worm is normally found in the aquarium store as several individuals attached to a small piece of rock or live rock rubble. Typically the only part of the Christmas Tree Worm visible is the crown, which spirals downward similar in shape to a Christmas tree, the body of this species is hidden underneath the colorful crown. Christmas Tree Worms are often found several to an area, but they do not live in close groups. This species although very attractive can be difficult to keep in the aquarium environment and is suitable only for advanced reef aquarium hobbyists with established aquariums. The Christmas Tree Worm is somewhat shy of movement and prefers to be under the cover of rocky overhangs, out of the bright light and direct strong water flow. The Christmas Tree Worm does need a lot of medium water flow in order to feed on plankton or liquid plankton-based foods within the currents. It is very intolerant of copper-based medications. This species does not readily breed in the aquarium environment and cases of this occurring are very rare. The Christmas Tree Worm is purely a filter feeding species whose diet should consist of plankton foods in the currents and should be supplemented with liquid plankton-based foods. This somewhat specialized diet along with this species intolerance for strong direct water movement make it somewhat difficult to feed. Requires moderate, varied waterflow (filter feeder).
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