brittle star id? Reef/fish safe?

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  1. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Hey guys im getting these brittle stars, are they reef safe? Will they ever kill me fishes? Are theu hardy? Cudnt find much info on them online.

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  3. Mr. Bill

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    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    Great link Mr. Bill :beer:
     
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  5. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    Did you add more rock to your display? They typ like lots of rock.
     
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    Exact id is not important; ALL serpent and brittle stars, along with most other CuC members, will scavenge, but should also be target-fed periodically to help curb hunger, which fuels their opportunistic tendancies. The only exceptions to this rule are snails, micro-brittle stars and asterina sea stars.
     
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  9. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Exactly. Brittle and some serpent stars tend to be reclusive, hiding in the rocks with one or two arms protruding, waiting for a morsel of food.
     
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  10. Lovemyreef2015

    Lovemyreef2015 Flamingo Tongue

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    I have a brittle star and a serpent star in my reef and have had them for years. I keep them well fed. It's still a risk. So it is really a personal choice. I love mine. My brittle star is always out but they really do tent to hide.
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Iv heard green serpents are agressive and can kill fish, so i dont want that 1... so this one is kool?
     
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    Lovemyreef2015 Flamingo Tongue

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    i own a red/black brittle. The one in your picture looks similar to mine. Did you get it from a LFS? If you did, I would ask them. Be careful if you do add one. Keep it well fed.
     
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