The Feather Duster makes a valuable addition to your home tank. It is endearing to watch as its feathers wander whilst 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 it 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, and hence makes a great valuable addition in the tank.
I received three totally different color feather dusters, which made me so glad! They were already out in the bag, and came out soon after being placed in my tank. I've always loved feather dusters, and these three are beautiful.
Got one orangey brown, and one purpley brown. Great addition.
there very easy to take care of and very pretty in your tank. this is a good buy. Saltwater fish is good to deal with.
These are awesome. One of my new favorites in my aquarium. I received 1 tube that was about 6 inches long that had about 3 inch in diameter feathers that was ready to come out and share his beauty. The other tube was about 3 inches long and the feathers looked a little messed up, I am guessing due to shipping, but they were about 1.2 inch long when I first received him and all curly. After a couple days though he uncurled them and has grown to about 3x what his feathers were. Very beautiful creatures.
This was a good deal. I got 2 different varieties in the order which is nice. I did find them a little hard to place since they would not stick where I put them and the feet were long and unusually shaped. They are thriving in my tank and I am pleased with the purchase.