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Brittle Sea Star (Ophiocoma echinata)
Brittle Sea Star
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Brittle Sea Star (Ophiocoma echinata)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Green, White
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 10"
Origin Caribbean
Family Ophiotrichidae
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Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Green, White
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 10"
Origin Caribbean
Family Ophiotrichidae
What do these Quick Stats mean? Click here for more information

Overview

The Brittle Sea Star of the Ophiocoma genus has a very small olive green central disc which may have variable patterns. The long spiny, yellow arms are fringed with white or black spines.

It is nocturnal and often hides under rocks during the day. At night, it comes out to eat detritus and small organisms. It cannot tolerate copper-based medications.

The Brittle Sea Star is very intolerant of sudden changes in oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, and cannot tolerate copper-based medications. The drip acclimation method is highly recommended for all Sea Stars due to their intolerability to changes in water chemistry. It should never be exposed to air while handling.

In the aquarium it may be fed zooplankton, very finely chopped meaty items, and liquid invertebrate foods.

Approximate Purchase Size:  3" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Jeff Chapman Libertyville , IL




This beautiful star extends its arms from within the rocks to filter and catch food that passes by. Only seems to come out at night to scavenge the bottom and rocks. It adds an interesting flair to my aquarium.
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