Hard Tube Coco Worm (Protula bispiralis)
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Hard Tube Coco Worm
208 Litres (55 US G.)
12.7-20.3cm (5-8 ")
8.1 - 8.4
22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)
Alternative names[edit | edit source]
- Hard Tube Coco Worm, Hard Tube Feather Duster, Protula Tubeworm, Hard Tubeworm
Sexing[edit | edit source]
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
It requires an established reef aquarium.
Diet[edit | edit source]
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
It should be fed at least three times per week. It can be target fed.
Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]
Specific gravity of 1.023-1.025, a pH of 8.1-8.4, temperature of 72-78F, dKH 8-12. It requires calcium, magnesium, strontium and trace elements be added to the water regularly. It needs low to medium water flow and can be target fed for better results. It is difficult to maintain in an aquarium and is extremely intolerant of poor water quality. It is recommended for advanced to expert hobbyists because of its difficulty.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
It is peaceful. It anchors itself in an area of moderate to high water flow to be able to catch food with its feather like crown that protrudes from the end of its tube. When disturbed it will quickly draw into its tube to protect itself. If stressed it will shed its crown and can grow it back later.
Identification[edit | edit source]
Colors range from orange, red, white, pink and yellow. The tube is made of calcium and therefor is hard.