Baby Bristle Star

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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
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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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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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Hi Dogstar, I also have quite a few of those, unfortunately that is about as big as they get:( Good cleaners though!
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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Yip, excellent detritivores as mnd said, not sure of the species though!
 

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Micro brittle stars - hugely benificial detrivores, if I turn my chaeto ball in the sump it is FULL of them!
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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dogstar, i found a couple in my dsb this morning :)
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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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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