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The Brittle Star requires a completely cycled and stable aquarium. Has a reputation for eating fish, the Brittle Star can attack fish if underfed and unable to scavenge for food. Feed raw shrimp, scallop, clam, mussel and other meaty bits frequently. Will learn to take food right from your fingers. This Sea Star is an excellent detrivore and will do a good job at keeping any excess food and detritus from building up. Will also consume any dead fish that is lost in the rockwork. turnal that you may never see them in your system. In the world's reefs, they are everywhere. These starfish-like echinoderms are decidedly quicker and more delicate than asteroids. Their common name is derived from their sinuous, snake-like movements, and the fact that they're truly brittle and break away easily if they come under attack. The podia in this class are generally used as sensory organs, rather than for active feeding as with their kin, the asteroids. There are more than 2,000 described species worldwide, and they're found congregating throughout shallow reef environments, hiding under rocks and within and between other living organisms.
Most Invertebrates require very long and slow drip acclimation process of at least 2 hours or more as they cannot adjust quickly to even small changes in pH, temperature, and alkalinity. Like all invertebrates, this species is intolerant of extreme nitrate levels (over 20) and cannot live in tanks that have had copper-based medications dispensed. Due to the sensitive nature of this animals stringent acclimation requirements and sensitivity to being properly acclimated, it is on the Restricted Species List.
Behavior: The Ophiothrix purpurea is generally semi-aggressive toward other tankmates.
Water parameters: Keep water quality high (SG 1.023 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
Care: Many consider the Ophiothrix purpurea a low-maintenance specimen. Not venomous.
Size: The Brittle Sea Star (Assorted) may grow to 12 inches.
Origin: The Brittle Sea Star (Assorted) is commonly collected from the Caribbean.
Color: The Brittle Sea Star (Assorted) has a brown, black, green, yellow, tan color.
Feeding: It likes to eat Eats meaty bits of seafood and detritus. Also will eat small fish if not feed regularly..
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