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I've had a Hawaiian feather duster in my tank for about 2 months now and it has been healthy up until about 4-5 days ago when I noticed its feathers were a little bit shorter in length. Now today I saw the worm hanging about 1/2 inch out of its tube. I thought it was dead so I lightly touched it and it quickly snapped back into the tube, but it keeps hanging out until something touches it then it'll retreat.


My water parameters are all in line. I had been feeding phytofeast and frozen mysis/brine for the filterfeeders 3 sometimes 4 times a week, but about 2 weeks ago I cut back to once a week because of a small algae issue. The algae has been gone but I haven't upped said feeding. That's the only thing I can think of that's causing this. Any ideas?

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I don't. Mine lost its feathers all together. It started growing a new head. Then I noticed that mine would do the same thing, it would start coming out of it's tube. As of last night, it came all the way out.


Can someone advise???

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Mine came out completely and then hid for about a month. Now it's grown a new tube--like a cocoon. Pretty neat. If your water parameters are good and all other corals look good--just leave it alone. It will hopefully take care of itself.


Good luck :D

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