Guess what?!?!?!?!

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by Galen, 15 Sep 2011.

  1. Galen

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    So i have just managed to empty my live rock out of my tank aling with all the water. Whew what a mission!
    I have rinced off all the salt and am in the process of waiting to get help moving the tank outside for a good scrub down.
    U will NEVER guess what i found.
    I nearly threw it out!
    I swear it has to be a starfish!!!
    Its about the size of a 10c coin. It has 5 very thin legs. I thought it was a worm initially one of those icky ones that send out its tentacles out of the rock to search for food, but it moves like a starfish.
    Its body is about the size of drop of water. I cant photograph it as u cant really see it in the pic.
    I think it may be a serpent star.
    Ive attached a link to another site. Can anyone confirm for me without a pic?

    I swear i didnt pinch it..... it came with the live rock :yeahdude:

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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    cant see video, Is it not a brittle star?
     
  4. Galen

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    I found this on another page. I think it is... rnt they almost the same thing?
     
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    do u think it hatched in my tank? i may b too mate to find others :( Or with luck, i may find others :)
     
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    brittle stars ;)
     
  7. Galen

    Galen Thread Starter

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    how do i find the others? I dont wanna loose them :eek:
     
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    often called micro stars too, i have lots breeding in my nano, lovely part of a clean up crew:)
     
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    they hide in the rocks most of the time
     
  10. Galen

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    ok cool, thanks guys. ill check when i move everything tomorrow or Sunday.
     
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    dude if there is 1 there are bound to be many more, i actually collect them from the coast when i go up to transkei..

    awsome little guys and come out more at night...
     
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    I got loads of them , all over. From display to sump.
    Nice part of the cleanup crew.
     
  13. Galen

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    How big do they grow?
     
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    They will be inside holes and crevices in your live rock, as long as your rock is still submerged in aerated and heated salt water they will survive.
    1-2cm's, as Crispin said, they are commonly known as micro brittle stars due to their tiny max size.
     
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    They are so cute! :)
     
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    very cool
     
  17. Galen

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    Im off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of DORRY PETS :)
     
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    I'm very jealous of you guys on JHB. You have so many awesome lfs to choose from.
     
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