Baby Bristle Star

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  1. dogstar

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    Spotted this little creature in my tank this weekend

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    Must have been in the live rock the whole time. This tank has been running for more then 3 months and this is the first time i seen it.

    To give you an indication of size, here is another pic[​IMG]

    Also spotted another one afterwards, a little bigger, but i couldnt take a pic.

    I presume they shouldnt be a problem, but let me know if i am wrong.
    Anybody else had a bristle star come in with the live rock?
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    they are good, part of the CUC, they are reef safe from what i remember :)
    nice LR
     
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    Got the rock from a fellow reefer. Has some good life on it.
     
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    Hi Dogstar, I also have quite a few of those, unfortunately that is about as big as they get:( Good cleaners though!
     
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    Ah heck. I thought they would eventually grow to the sizes you see at the lfs. How come they stay so small? Are they a different species from the types you see at the lfs?
     
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    Micro brittle stars - hugely benificial detrivores, if I turn my chaeto ball in the sump it is FULL of them!
     
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    Yip, excellent detritivores as mnd said, not sure of the species though!
     
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    when u harvest if there is any up for grabs i am keen :) just got my tank up and running
     
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    Hmm, if they dont grow bigger then that, must be a different species to the big ones you see at the lfs.

    Cool though, glad to see some more life in my tank:D
     
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    dogstar, i found a couple in my dsb this morning :)
     
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    Good stuff man, lucky you. As i mentioned, my tank has had the rock in there for 3 months, and this weekend was the first time i saw these guys.
     
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    saw one today that was as big as my palm. so who knows?
     
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    I also have a couple. Would there be any fish that eat them? Like a six line perhaps?
     
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    i am sure most would given the chance, lucky mine are in the dsb
     
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    The fish can't seem to find them ;)

    Wrasses MIGHT try and eat them though. BUT, they hide SO well - I have MILLIONS - BUT, they only come out when there's no fish swimming in the tank.... MOSTLY only at night time...
     
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    Clinton aka Palmerc has the big cousin of those bristlestars, a beeeeeg one, looks like it came from half-life :p
     
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