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Need a starfish ID and to know whether reef/fish safe

Discussion in 'Inverts and other Marine Animals' started by andre, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. andre

    andre Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Got a fairly big brittle star with some other stuff and want to make sure he's reef/shrimp/fish safe. Saw a few horror stories online of starfish going after small fish. Thanks! IMG_20180628_184231.jpg IMG_20180629_082926.jpg
  2. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I wouldn't keep it unless you have a reasonably large tank (75g or above). Those starfish primarily survive from microfauna in the sand and can easily starve and either pollute the tank or become opportunistic with bottom dwelling fish because of the lack of food in smaller tanks. Haven't heard any horror stories in large tank, but have heard several in smaller ones.

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  3. aquarius

    aquarius Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Serpent star should be fine with everything even small fish. Brittles can hunt fish but even in cases where they do they’re usually underfed and forced to find an alternative food source.
  4. SynDen

    SynDen Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    That's a red serpent star, not a brittle but pretty much the same thing. Ime These guys can be very oportontisc feeders too. Not as bad as green brittle stars but still have potential to go after small fish. Easy targets for these guys are manadrins and scooter dragonets

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  5. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member ex-officio

    I don't know about the reef safe-ness of that star....but it will haunt my dreams! I think it is staring at me in that second pic!
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