Saltwater Aquarium Inverts for Marine Reef Aquariums: Brittle Sea Star, Fancy Starfish
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Brittle Sea Star, Fancy
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Brittle Sea Star, Fancy (Ophiure protoreaster)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 10"
Color Form Red
Diet Omnivore
Supplements Trace Elements
Origin Indonesia, Tonga
Family Ophiuridae
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The Fancy Brittle Star originates from the reefs of Tonga and the Indo Pacific, and is a great scavenger for the marine aquarium. The central disc is brown to green in color and may exhibit dark patterns. The legs are long and are banded with light and dark brown coloration. The legs also have many spines that aid the starfish in finding food.

The Fancy Brittle Star enjoys an established saltwater aquarium with plenty of live rock for hiding. It is nocturnal and often hides under the rocks during the day. At night, it comes out to eat detritus and small organisms. It cannot tolerate copper-based medications.

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

Kayla Prescott [City Not Selected] , NC
What a wonderful specimen. We have had ours going on 2 years and it is doing great. It enjoys to be hand fed and when we feed the fish it will hang out its tentacles to be fed. It stays under a rock most of the time but always shows itself during feeding time. We usually feed it 2-3 times a week with frozen shrimp.
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