not ever if the shrimp is starve they dont like them at all. No, I have never heard of brittle stars eating fish. I placed him in a smaller tank to save him because he was being harassed and the tank overheated =/). my fish are pretty small 2 yellow damsels, a blue damsel, and a blue mandarin. Just to be clear, I have never owned any chocolate chips or red generals, but I have owned brittle stars and serpent stars. The New Latin class name Ophiuroidea is derived from the Ancient Greek ὄφις, meaning "serpent". So basically your fish died and then your starfish ate the remains. I can recall a time that everyone told me not to get a manderin and I ignored it and it was in the tank for 5 yrs till winter storm and lost power for 36 hrs. Well, it really depends on the type of starfish you have. They eat detritus and films, but they will also accept substitute feeding of flaked foods, meaty foods and nori. i have two pairs in my 55 gal. They have a traditional starfish shape & can add a real pop of colour to your aquarium! The way their plates interlock prevents the arms from moving in any other plane. They are either scavengers or predators. I don't remember ever seeing a fish eating one of these things because, well beacuse, they are brittle and have the consistancy of glass. Predatory hunting may occur if animal is not fed enough. Sometimes this attracts a hungry fish but fortunately, a star can't be tugged out by the arm. and I guess that it is a free for all now for it. A single brittle star is almost like five co-joined animals with a mutual interest in where to go, what to eat and making little brittle stars. Brittle Stars can live with your fish, however any brittle star labeled green brittle stars are known to eat fish. I think that he is the slaughter after reading some of the other posts. They won’t tolerate extreme differences in salinity and pH. All I found was his tail. Brittle stars can regenerate limbs that are broken by predators. Joined: Oct 22, 2008 Messages: 1,656 Likes Received: 13 Location: Winfield, IA. Brittle Starfish Care - Size, Life Span, Tank Mates, Breeding and tank got to cold. they eat asterinas, sand sifting stars, chocolate chips, linkias, and one full size brittle star. You'll probably be wondering what happend to that 'sifter star' in a little while. Although they have a mouth, an esophagus and a stomach, they do not have an anus. Use to feed right out of my hand with the others till he got munched. fish, shrimp, crabs are all on the menu if not fast enough. Movements in brittle Star are not facilitated by the presence of tube feet. JavaScript is disabled. Ophiurids move quickly when disturbed, and are faster movers than starfish. Quote; Share this post. I feed the choc. Brittle stars, serpent stars, or ophiuroids are echinoderms in the class Ophiuroidea closely related to starfish. This species has been documented to arch up in "sleeping caves" of captive fishes and drop down on unsuspecting meals. Figure 02: Brittle Star . Green brittle stars are definitely known to eat fish and I would be a bit cautious of a large brittle regardless of color but then again I am pretty paranoid. live rock. So the brittle will be happy some where else. The coral is dying and the brittles are eating it. Please HELP :help: What else is in your tank.. and have you tested your water etc etch blah blah? Because many of these reports of brittlestars CATCHING fish are WRONG. 1. Harlequin shrimp do not touch brittle or mini brittle stars. Nosotros y nuestros socios almacenaremos y/o accederemos a la información de tu dispositivo mediante el uso de cookies y tecnologías similares, a fin de mostrar anuncios y contenido personalizados, evaluar anuncios y contenido, obtener datos sobre la audiencia y desarrollar el producto. one little sand sifter (1 and a half inches) and the choc. Brittle stars feed on detritus and small oceanic organisms such as plankton, small mollusks, and even fish. Para obtener más información sobre cómo utilizamos tu información, consulta nuestra Política de privacidad y la Política de cookies. The arms connect to a central disk, and it’s relatively easy to tell where the arm ends and the disk begins. Brittle stars live on spiny sponges and other sessile animals at the bottom of the deep sea, as well as by themselves and in abundant masses directly on the seafloor. i have one in with a yellow clown gobie who just perches wherever often on bottom of the tank and the brittle star never bothers him. In captivity they should be fed finely chopped meaty marine foods (shrimp, squid, marine fish, frozen marine fish food, mysis shrimp) and algae. I have never ever had a problem with my brittle stars nor my serpents.I even had them with snails and crabs (red legged hermits and a sally light foot) The brittle and serpents never tried to eat the crabs nor did ever try to catch my little fish. This is important for animals we keep and I can not blame it if it "decided" to get some food. Brittle stars, on the other hand, have much thinner arms that appear more “whip-like” than those of sea stars. The red generals have been known to suck up sleeping fish that lie on or in the sand. he was safe for about 2-3 weeks until they ate all the asterinas. The last victim was a small clown and I am getting tired of it. Brittle stars do not use their tube feet for movement, but instead use muscles in their long, thin arms to go around rocks. What else is in your tank? 6 months and health. Información sobre tu dispositivo y conexión a Internet, incluida tu dirección IP, Actividad de navegación y búsqueda al utilizar sitios web y aplicaciones de Verizon Media. Do a slow drip acclimation over an hour or longer so that they can adjust to your tank’s water conditions. I have no other big fish in the tank that could do this so is it the brittle star? There is a 3 inch argonite bed and the choc. They require a tank with plenty of live rock to scavenge from, and take refuge in during the day. My brittle like shrimp. Puedes cambiar tus opciones en cualquier momento visitando Tus controles de privacidad. and i had alot of asterinas. They are capable of eating everything from crustaceans to jelly fish. G~ _____ This Saturday we were witness to one of the most AMAZING echinoderm related ecology/natural history moments that I've seen in awhile! I suppose that he may need to be removed. It's worth shot. They can smell it dying far before you ever know somethings wrong, so you see them swarming / eating it, and you assume they're just eating it out for no reason -- No. It has been in my tank for about 6 yrs. As we’ve already mentioned, sea stars in the wild are carnivorous predators, so simply feeding them fish flakes is not sufficient. Brittle Stars of (squid & fish) Death pt 2! Although brittle stars are not main attraction in most reefs, they do make an interesting side show. That guy however is always around. Its easier then my fresh waters LOL. The disappearing fish has been an on going prob. Bring back the sandsifter for the above mentioned reasons and the chocolate chip if you have a reef system, since they eat inverts. Brittle stars feed on organic material on the sea floor (they are primarily detritivores or scavengers although some species occasionally feed on small invertebrate prey). Most species of … Ophiurid arms only move horizontally. The group includes some very spiny species like sea urchins, sea cucumbers and brittle stars. The wrasse pulled it out of a rock by it's arm and kept chewing it and spitting it out until the thing was completely consumed. The Brittle Star, Ophiocoma sp., is a species of starfish with long, flexible limbs that have small pointed projections across their bodies. The clown that bit it today has been in the tank for approx. I have owned 1 red serpent star (got up to 5-6 inches in diameter before getting an infection in its core and croaked), 1 brown serpent star (got up to 10 inches long - trigger ate a portion of him and he didn't recover), 2 black and red brittle stars (Got up to 10-14 inches in diameter - Trigger again), and a green brittle star (got up to 10-14 inches. I have a Brown Brittle Star in my tank and alot of my small fish keep disappearing with nothing to be found. In the wild, one sea star can eat over 50 small clams in a week. Brittle Stars will eat anything that the other aquarium inhabitants consume. Could it be the chocolate chip? What is a sea urchins niche? I do have two good size brittle stars in my 180. You must log in or register to reply here. This animal is a predatory fish eater, that does indeed do a spiffy janitorial job when small... but grows quickly, and under darkness of night can/does learn to eat aquarium fishes. Don’t add them to new tanks, since they can be intolerant of changing or fluctuating water parameters. they do eat the dead. We recommend consulting your local aquarium for some great starfish food options. The stars eat the juicy worms inside but the tubes stay in the body... That's kind of like eating christmas candy with the candy boxes STILL ON THEM and keeping them inside your GUTS and BODY spaces and stuff!! if the snail is small enough it could ingest it than spit out the shell later. Brittle stars (ophiuroids, Ophiuroidea) were observed capturing and eating a squid (Abralia sp.) Reddog170 New Member. Red generals (Protoreaster linckii) are basically the same as the chocolate chip; they're just a different color and get to a smaller size. Lastly, you may be wondering, what do starfish eat in an aquarium? Some brittle stars will raise themselves on their arms, and when fish get close enough, they wrap them in a spiral and eat them. Brittle Stars in general should be acclimated slowly to your well established marine aquarium. Green Brittle Stars will eat anything they can get thier arms on. That's not how it works. Brittle stars are omnivores - eating both algae and meaty marine foods. Could be a killer hitch hicker that just took that long to grow up. Just to let everyone know, I took the brittle to the local fish store and they took it with no issues. Thus, expelling of waste also takes place via the mouth. Next, look at how they move. I witnessed it doing that more thean once. Sea stars rely on their water vascular system to move. 160 Lbs. This is the Green Brittle Star of the genus Ophiarachna. This is the Green Brittle Star of the genus Ophiarachna. #5. lcstorc, Jun 15, 2009. One species in common use warrants a statutory warning. As long as the central disc is meaty in appearance, the Brittle Star can be considered well fed. On view at the Aquarium in Monterey Bay Habitats Meet the spiny brittle star Brittle stars are sea star cousins that bury themselves for protection, leaving an arm or two free to catch bits of food. They come in colors of black, brown, and a combination of the two, sometimes having grey bands around some of their limbs. A round central body disc carries five, six, or even seven slender, radiating arms that move like snakes. It is a fish only with inverts. They can smell it dying in the … used to see at least 60-80 at a time now almost all wiped out. My brittle never bothered my fish. 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