Saltwater Aquarium Invertebrate for Marine Reef Aquariums: Feather Duster Fan Worm
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Feather Duster
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Feather Duster (Sabellastarte sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Orange, 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 7"
Origin Hawaii, Indo-Pacific
Family Sabellidae
Supplements Calcium, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium
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Overview

The Feather Duster, also known as Giant Feather Duster, has a fan-shaped crown (radiole) that 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 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 it is disturbed, it can quickly pull in its radiole into the tube. If it is severely stressed, it will discard its crown, growing it back later.

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

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

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/4" to 3-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Christian L Ypsilanti , MI
Adds texture and a bit of realism to the tank. They will move if they are in an spot they do not like. Easy to keep, as I have had 2 in my tank for months and they thrived. They seem like they would be boring but people are always drawn to them when they see my tank!
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