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Hawaiian Feather Duster
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Hawaiian Feather Duster (Sabellastarte sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Orange, Tan
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 7"
Origin Hawaii
Family Sabellidae
Supplements Calcium, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium
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The Hawaiian Feather Duster is a fascinating addition to the reef aquarium. Considered both a feeding device and a breathing gill, the stunning crown (radiole) unfurls in all directions and sways gracefully as if keeping time with the current. The fan-shaped crown of the Hawaiian, or Giant Feather Duster is tan or orange with brown band colorations. The radiole of some species from certain locales may be up to 7 inches in diameter, or of brighter colors.

The Hawaiian Feather Duster uses the radiole to filter out small floating organisms, which it directs toward its mouth located at the center of the crown. It protects its segmented body by secreting a parchment-like tube to cover itself. When the Hawaiian Feather Duster is disturbed, it can quickly retract its radiole into the tube. If it is severely stressed, the Hawaiian Feather Duster will discard its crown, growing it back later.

The Hawaiian Feather Duster is often positioned within the coral rubble at the base of the reef aquarium. Reef rubble is often incorporated into the parchment-like tube of the Hawaiian Feather Duster. It needs to be housed in a well-established reef system, as it is dependent upon plankton for its diet. The Hawaiian Feather Duster is very intolerant of copper-based medications.

Supplemental feeding of phytoplankton and liquid organic foods should be provided.

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Kyle Chicago , IL
Great, really simple to keep specimin. I have had them for over 1 year and haven't lost a single one, they periodically eject themselves from the tube and reappear a month or 2 later. So if yours disappears don't worry about it, it's probably still alive.
Jason Frederick Tucson , AZ
This Hawaiian Feather Duster is so great. It opened up immediately after I placed it into the tank. It seemed to make itself right at home, and now is huge and spread out.
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