Starfish id

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  1. Stressed Eric

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    Hi all,

    A friend of mine thought he was doing me a moer of a favour over the weekend and caught a couple of starfish on the Kzn south coast and proudly presented them to me in one of his kids sand-buckets this morning, sigh ..... Please help identify these guys so I can do some panic reading up on them and how to take care of them - and whether they are reef/fish safe....

    Thanks,

    Mark


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  3. Boendoe

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    Those are Britel stars. Excellent actions to the clean up crew. I have about 4 hug one's.
     
  4. Boendoe

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    And they take care of them selfs, they crawl in to spaces where scavengers like hermit crabs can't. And they are reef save.
     
  5. scubaninja

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    yup brittle stars. i would be carefull about them, some of them are massive fish eaters, does the Green Death ring a bell? lol. I'm not sure about all brittle stars as i've never had one, but i'd stick to other slower moving stars, less chance of them eating fish.
     
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    Hi Mark - they are brittle stars. I can tell you about the starfish - but would also just like to know how stable your tank's parameters are?

    Brittle starfish generically eat detritus, old food, dead rotting flesh, etc....

    These brittle starfish, should not/would not catch fish. BUT, they will eat fish that have died.

    As they are invertebrates, they are sensitive to water chemical make-up changes, and high nutrients....
    Water parameters should be extremely stable.

    You should also acclimatize them, for at least 60 to 90 minutes.... perhaps longer, if possible.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Stressed Eric

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    One of these guys is a :censored: monster! It's legs are about 15cm long . . .

    For the record I didn't scream like a girl when opening the sand bucket's lid, no really I didn't .....:chatterbox:
     
  8. Boendoe

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    Scubaninja is correct with regards to the green brittle star Ophiarachna they do eat fish, but I don't know if we get them in our local waters. The once you have will probabley be Ophiocoma erinaceus or Ophiocoma alexandri they live of detritus.
     
  9. sihaya

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    For the most part, yes. BUT, just fyi, there are some species that can and do eat live fish...
     
  10. scubaninja

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    see! why does nobody believe me :p
     
  11. X Faktor

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    I am sure those would be fine. They're doing awesome work in one of our nanos here...
     
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    I got a bristlestar as a hitchhiker about a year ago and never touched a fish and is bigger than yours. He actually doubled in size over the past year.
     
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    It's not the size of the star that matters as much as the species. Y'all ever heard of the "Green Monster" brittle stars? They have that name for a reason!
     
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    Mine is a lazy bugger. He just hides under a rock and waits for food to come to him. No scavenging on his part.
     
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    nice starfish :)
     
  16. scubaninja

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    you have multiple brittle stars in a nano?:nono:
     
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    Jup! One huge one and A LOT of small ones.
     
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    I propably should add that they're just in there temporarily until my brother sets up his new tank. Its his nano.
     
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    :nono::nono:
     
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    Mine is normally on the same spot, having 2 or 3 fingers out. At night I target feed him flakes, hold it in between my fingers close to him and he goes crazy. Interesting way they eat. He passes the food down his arm, instead of taking the point to his mouth.
     
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    I've just target fed them bits of shrimp, it's fascinating how they take it with the tips of their arms and pass it down all the way to their mouth with the tiny fingers. . . . Cool !
     
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