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Also known as: Fancy Banded.
The Banded Serpent Star requires a completely cycled and stable aquarium. Has a reputation for eating fish, the Banded Serpent 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. They are nocturnal and you may never see them in your system. In the world's reefs, they are everywhere. These Sea Star-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.
Behavior: The Ophiocoma species 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 Ophiocoma species a low-maintenance specimen. Not venomous.
Size: The Serpent Sea Star Assorted Star may grow to 14 inches.
Origin: The BandedSerpent Sea Star Assorted Star is commonly collected from Indo-Pacific.
Color: The Banded Serpent Sea Star has a tan color with brown stripes.
Feeding: It likes to eat meaty bits of seafood and detritus. Also will eat small fish if not feed regularly..
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