The Feather Duster makes a valuable addition to your home tank. It is endearing to watch as its feathers wander while the base being attached in the tank floor. The Feather Duster, also known as fan worm, belongs to the Annelida phylum and class Polychaeta. They are marine segmented worms that attach to rocks or sand by their base. The Feather Duster is suspension feeders filtering food out of the water column using their specialized tentacles. The feathery crown is also called a "radiole" and is used as both gills and to bring food to its mouth which is at the center of that crown. They are able to retract their tentacles into their tube when they fear a fish might be about to nibble their tentacles. The Feather Duster collects food from their fans and also for breathing and sorting sediment particles in their tubes. There is a worm living inside the Feather Duster's tube, which is made of calcium carbonate, and it lengthens as the worm grows, and protects their delicate body. There are many species of fan worms found in most of the world's oceans from intertidal to deep depths. The Feather Duster carries a colorful "crown" of feathers. These feathers are pushed up through the opening of the tube and act as a catching device for food. The Feather Duster is related to sabellid worms, beach worms and bristle worms. The larger species can grow up to around 3 cm across the crown. The Feather Duster can be placed on the substrate or into your rockwork, and will attach its foot and remain stable once placed into the aquarium. With its unique design and activity, it draws attention to your aquarium, making it a valuable addition to your tank.
|Nice size duster, great color and opened up immediately.|
|Reviewed by: tito hinojosa from texas on Feb. 4, 2014, 6 p.m.|
|Big and healthy dusters! I bought two of them when they were on sale. Both of them opened up quickly in the acclimation bucket.|
|Reviewed by: Emily Huang from Reno on Feb. 10, 2014, 6 p.m.|
|Great Item! Was completely open when I took it out of the box and looks great in my tank.|
|Reviewed by: David McDonald from Tennessee on April 25, 2014, 7 p.m.|