Serpent Sea Star, Fancy Banded
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Serpent Sea Star, Fancy Banded
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Serpent Sea Star, Fancy Banded (Ophiocoma sp.)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 8"
Color Form Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Supplements Trace Elements
Origin Caribbean, Indonesia
Family Ophiuridae
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Overview

The Fancy Banded Serpent Star originates from the reefs of the Caribbean, and are great scavengers for the marine aquarium. The central disc is tan to yellow in color and may exhibit dark patterns. The legs are long and are banded with dark brown stripes.

The Fancy Banded Serpent 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"

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