Is this star fish safe for a reef tank?

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  1. CJT

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    Got this star fish with my tank? Is it safe?


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    i have one that is similar only it's black, was small but has now grown quite a bit, harmless in my opinion.
    They scavengers and detritus feeders so good to have as part of your clean up crew...
     
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    never see mine anymore, just it's long tentacles from under it's cave at night....
     
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    Cool GMAN just wanted to check before I add it in with my fish
     
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    hmmm no sorry that a GREEN brittle star, or more commonly known as a 'Green Death* as they are fairly predatory to fish, especially those that sleep in the reef at night. wrasses, anthias, chromis, clowns etc all fall victim to them regularly and they are amazingly good at catching fish.

    stripped bristle stars, black bristle stars are all fine in a reef tank, but that green death i wouldnt risk at all.
     
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    Crispin is right on the id.
     
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    Not sure that is a green bristle star. But I a viewing the pic on a BB tourch and not my iPhone.

    Best test is to sump him and give it a stint. If it go,s mad for the offering it is a Green death.
     
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    :eek: apologies for the mis-information there....:blush:
     
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    Picture from the top side would help. But I must agree, that does look like the green death starfish. They can hunt and eat smaller fish. But they are also extremely good scavengers.
     
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    Hi... Thats a green death... Beautiful star but they eat fish.. I had 1 and he ate all my small clowns... Must see how cool he moves... Just awesum!!!
     
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    Well thanks guys wont be putting him in my tank then
     
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    he'd make a lovely addition over a dsb with some LR to hide under and feed him small pieces of fish occasionally, truley beautiful star fish.
     
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    A really awsum looking starfish, pity.
     
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