Please id!!!

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  1. CW

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    Hi there PPL

    I need a ID on the following sea star.
    Ive heard something about "black death"

    I took it out the DT and into the DSB for now.
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    I had a good look at him, in the middle his like dark purple and his legs are black.
    I heard they go for sleaping fish at night.
    Only comes out at night and when i put him in the tank he went into hiding.

    Pleas ID ppl

    Cw out:(
     
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  3. erle_vaughan

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    i had a small brittle star like that which came with my LR... it chowed 1 of my sea anemones stuukend!
     
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    so what do you tink i must do with it?
    Its in the DSB now
     
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    hmmmm.... i would stick him there too... till someone that knows what it is and what exactly it does can help....
    i have read that some starfish actually aren't good for DSB's cause they dig it up and upset/consume the bacteria or the bacterias food... (i can't remember exactly) ...:blush:

    friday night isn't a goody to catch okes on an internet forum....hahaha
     
  6. CW

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    haha.

    ja i know but i got a huge fright when my buddy phoned me and told me what he saw on the net about this "spiny brittle sea stars".

    Ill leave it there for the night and have a look at the DSB tomorow.
    Then hopefully some ppl hase replyed aswell.

    Night man.
    Cw out
     
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    Search for Serpent stars as well... Got one of these in the tank at the office... Keen to see the outcome of this as well...
     
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    i have one too. went into my TL550 overflow in the live rock at the back in april 2010 an have been siting there catching al the food coming in.
     
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    I had about 30 of those stars in my previous tank. Nothing wrong with them in a setup. They come out at night and eat food- in the rock pools we have often watch them hiding in small places, with their tentacles hanging out. Food gets "stuck" to their tentacles.

    Lots of times when we used to feed frozen food, they'd come partially out, and grab the food.

    Awesome Critters
     
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    I've personally never had a problem with those type of stars.
    Years ago I caught a huge olive green one on vechies, must have been 30cm across, tenticles as thick as my pinky finger.
    It never caused any trouble in my then FOWLR, anemones and callerpa system(okay so the live rock was really sandstone:p)
     
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    yup that is a bristlestar , great to have as your part of your clean up crew as they chow detritus etc ....
     
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    What did yours do at the office tank to other fish and coral?:(
     
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    cool
    I put mine into the DSB but this mornig i see his under the return pump
     
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    Got one too with no problems. I've had it for years now with no problems
     
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    ok cool ppl.
    So its no thread to my fish or coral.

    Ive got my grand perants coming over today so ill show him to them first then put him back into the DT.
    Otherwise he goes missing and they wont see him.

    Oh ja, i also got a other little star. But its verry small.
    Looks light green and looks like a normal sea star like we know it.
    Its about as small as a 6mm nut. Maybe smaler.

    If i see it again ill take a pic.

    Thanx for all the help PPL.

    CW out:thumbup::thumbup::lol::lol:
     
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    CW, on this pic you can see some of the brittles I had in my tank:

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    Thanx man.

    Ill put him back into the tank.

    Cw out:thumbup:
     
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    Yip, nothing wrong with your guy, he looks like he is a spiny black brittle star (Ophiocoma spp.), what you are thinking of is known as "The Green Death" (Ophiarachna incrassata), this one is the fish eater.

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    Cool

    Jip mine doesent look anything like that.
    Thax Viper357.

    I i dident know all of u i would be in shock every day warrieng about someting eating something else in my tank.

    THANX TO ALL.

    Cw out:peroni:yea man
     
  20. erle_vaughan

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    what about this bad boy???

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    is he a danger to anything?
    It is not in my tank, just wondering coz it looks nice....
     
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    I have a banded brittle star since i started. No problems. That last pics, that is what you will see of it forever. It does not come out once they find a nice spot. Only 3 fingers hanging in the water, catching small food particles.

    That green ones, got less brittles and can get very big, they are not so safe towards your fish.

    Apparently local brittle stars are all safe.
     
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