Mini/Micro brittle stars...

jcook54

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I used to think these things were so cool. I would ask for them if I noticed someone had them in a tank. Now I've got a zillion and they kinda drive me nuts. Every time I feed there are a near infinite number of little brittle star arms that poke out of everything. Literally everything. They've never done any damage that I can tell but I've got way to many.

@sharis100 - do harlequin shrimp really eat them? I've been curious and can't find a lot of info.
 

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Hmmm... ive always had tons of them, and i love them. When starting new tanks, i always try to seed the tank with them in the same way i do with copepods and amphipods.

I think its cool to catch them and see all the different colors; solid white, blue with spots, red with stripes, black and white,... just about any color pattern.
 

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I used to think these things were so cool. I would ask for them if I noticed someone had them in a tank. Now I've got a zillion and they kinda drive me nuts. Every time I feed there are a near infinite number of little brittle star arms that poke out of everything. Literally everything. They've never done any damage that I can tell but I've got way to many.

@sharis100 - do harlequin shrimp really eat them? I've been curious and can't find a lot of info.
The tank with our harlequin keeps the population in check in the display tank. They all hide or become snacks. Our other tanks in same system have an abundance of them. So, at least our harlequin is a working starfish hunter- always hunting and eats a full chocolate star monthly in addition to brittles and asterina stars.
 

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The tank with our harlequin keeps the population in check in the display tank. They all hide or become snacks. Our other tanks in same system have an abundance of them. So, at least our harlequin is a working starfish hunter- always hunting and eats a full chocolate star monthly in addition to brittles and asterina stars.
I guess it's safe to say that the shrimp will eat my Caribbean sand sifting starfish as well then? Lol
 

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I have never had any in my tanks. One snuck in on a frag from our Christmas Party. I let him go in my Small system. I should probably get some to seed my in-wall tank
 

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Harlequins will eat any star they can catch, flip over, and eat. They are interested in the tube feet.

Large slower moving stars (chocolate chips, sand sifters...) are flipped upside down, and eaten. Tiny stars (Asterina...) can be picked up and eaten while holding.

Serpent stars move too quickly and are too flexible for their size. They are a challenge for Harlequins to eat. But they would if they could!
 
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