Saltwater Aquarium Starfish for Marine Reef Aquariums: Brittle Sea Star, Banded
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Brittle Sea Star, Banded
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Brittle Sea Star, Banded (Ophiocoma scolopendrina)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Tan
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 1'
Origin Micronesia
Family Ophiocomidae
Supplements Trace Elements
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Overview

The Banded Brittle Star originates from the rubble zones of Micronesia, and is a great scavenger for the marine aquarium. The central disc is dark brown in color with tan markings. 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 Banded 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, frozen brine and mysis shrimp, and chopped meaty foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: 4" to 6"

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