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Brittle star?

Post by smiles on Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:41 pm

What is this? I had 5 of them come out of my live rock tonight when I moved everything. I have never seen them in the tank before.

They have 6 legs and were standing up and spewing out a cloudy substance.

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Re: Brittle star?

Post by blennieluvr on Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:37 am

Looks like you have the little brittle stars in your tank! They are friendly critters and if they are spewing, you will likely have more soon! Wink
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Post by GoingPostal on Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:39 pm

Mni brittles! They come and go in my tanks, sometimes they are everywhere, right now not seeing too many. Harmless but adorable.
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Re: Brittle star?

Post by icereefer on Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:14 pm

Yeah what these Gals say.
looks like Ophiactis spp.

common in reef aquaria and they do breed

great "reef janitor"
If you have Tonga Nass Snails if they get hungry they will eat your mini starfish.
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Nass snails

Post by smiles on Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:44 pm

I was actually planning on getting some of those snails, they are the ones that burrow in the sand correct?
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Post by icereefer on Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:41 pm

Yeah ,I watched my Tongs's come out of the sand and Attack and start eating them when I ordered 50 MBSF from a hobbyist. my Vibex Nass went after the parts the Tonga's left behind but showed no sign's of actually attacking and killing like the Tonga's did. Ilyanassa Nass I have never seen go after the stars but then again there more Veggie dead matter Scavengers were Tonga's and Vibex are more carnivorous.
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