The sign of a good DIY project isn’t always in its beauty and the true test is if it actually works. This video of a DIY bristleworm trap by YouTuber Wayne’s Reef is one of those projects that isn’t fancy, but it just flat out works.
Constructed from a piece of PVC or ABS tubing, a couple of end caps, a short length of airline tubing and a filter bag, it does sound like a bit of a McGyver project, but there is proof it works.
Wayne slotted one end of the tube to secure the bait bag, capped the other end and then drilled a hole in the other cap for the airline tube. A raw shrimp was put in the bag and placed in the tube and capped.
When the lights were off, the tube was placed in the tank. The shrimp does the trick and attracts the worms into the airline tubing and into the trap with no way out. In this video, he appears to catch around 8-10 worms in just one night.
As a fan of DIY and one of the big reasons I started blogging years ago was being excited about building cool projects myself that work — bonus points if they look great too.
For simplicity I give it a 4 out of 5. For looks I give it a 2 out of 5. For effectiveness I give it a 5 out of 5. Overall this project shouldn’t cost you more than $5 to $10 if you have to buy everything, but if you are like me and have a lot of odds and ends lying around, you can probably do it for under a $1.