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Serpent Sea Star (Build Your Own Kit)
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Serpent Sea Star (Build Your Own Kit) (Ophioderma sp.)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Green, Orange, Red, Tan
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1' 2"
Origin Caribbean
Family Ophiodermatidae
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Overview

The Serpent Sea Star of the genus Ophioderma has a central, 5-sided disc with five banded, scaly arms. Depending upon the species and locale, the color can range from maroon, to orange, to green. The central disc can also have variable markings.

It does well in an aquarium if provided with ample hiding places and plenty of room to roam. Even though it is a nocturnal animal, it will eventually learn to come out during the day to eat.

The Serpent 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.

It is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium with no distinguishing characteristics to help differentiate it from its mate.

In the aquarium, it can be fed small pieces of chopped meat, shrimp, mussel, or fish.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 6"


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Customer Testimonials

Marc [city not selected] , NJ
Great Starfish. As soon as I released it, it started eating the algae off my live rock.
Erik Heller Winsted , CT
 
This star is unlike any of my others in that it will move around on its arms like an octopus. It will also grab food and feed itself instead of merely moving over it. At feeding time, it is one of the more animated and fun to watch animals in our tank.
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