Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus)
Phylum: Annelida, Class: Polychaeta
Range: Tropical Oceans
Size: 1 in. Space:: 10+ gal. Diet: Microplankton
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Christmas tree worm is a symbiont that grows on coral (Porites). The worm actually builds tunnels through the coral skeleton to create its home. The worm filter feeds in the water that flows by. The coral contains zooxanthellate algae which use light to provide most of the nutrition the coral requires.
Husbandry: The Christmas Tree Worm is a filter feeder that benefits by feedings of live phytoplankton and liquid organic food. It also prefers moderate to strong water flow. The coral, often Porites, will require strong light to allow its symbiotic algae to provide its nutrition.
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