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Serpent Sea Star, Caribbean
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Serpent Sea Star, Caribbean (Ophioderma sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Green, Orange, Red
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
Supplements Trace Elements
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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

Jen Hamilton Tiverton , RI




Serpent Sea Stars are a wonderful and exciting addition to any tank. I have had a Green Serpent for over two years and he eats shrimp from my hand. He almost looks like an octopus. Very cool!
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