What should I feed my brittle starfish?

JohnL

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I got some live rock from KP Aquatics and had a snail and a brittle starfish hitchhike along. What does the brittle starfish eat? The tank is newly setup.
 

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Misled

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John, mine survived off of scraps. Their legs give them the ability to get to places most other critters can't.
 

JohnL

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John, mine survived off of scraps. Their legs give them the ability to get to places most other critters can't.

But it's only him (her) and a snail ? right now Jesse. I'm thinking small sinking pellets. ?
 

Timfish

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Mine do well grabbing the fish food that makes it to the bottom. For larger brittle stars you may need ot make sure it's getting enough, the body should look a little "puffy" not flat. They can live a really long time also. I've got black spiny similar in apperance to yours and red serpent (no spines) that are pushing 2 decades and a giant green one easily over 25.
 

Subsea

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I got micro serpent starfish from IPSF many years ago. They multiply like rabbits in my high nutrient systems.
 

Subsea

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Watching the micros breed is insane.

Been watching nature documentaries and I now understand the crazies involved with frogs mating. I have noted in my water garden tubs, on certain nights in early Spring, frog noise is very loud. In watching documentaries, researchers confirmed what I guessed: The frogs had an orgy.
 

Subsea

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While I find micro stars under rocks amongst detritus, I also find them on macro algae. I am not sure if they eat biofilm on macro surfaces or if they just want a “birds eye” view.
 

Misled

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I don't want to contaminate John's thread too much, So I'll end this here.

What are you lookin at???

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Subsea

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These guys proliferate amongst the seaweeds in my systems.

http://ipsf.com/ministars.html
MiniStars
are small, incredibly industrious sand stirrers and cleaners that will help keep your live sand bed healthy, aerobic and free of decomposing detritus - the organic particles that rain down every day from the water column above. These reef-dwelling ophiuroids reproduce readily in closed systems because they have direct development (no planktonic stage). Reef safe, will not bulldoze. Size of individual specimens ranges from approx. 1/4 to 1/2 inch; includes adults, sub-adults and juveniles. MiniStars do not grow larger than approx. 1 inch in diameter.
 

JohnL

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These guys proliferate amongst the seaweeds in my systems.

http://ipsf.com/ministars.html
MiniStars
are small, incredibly industrious sand stirrers and cleaners that will help keep your live sand bed healthy, aerobic and free of decomposing detritus - the organic particles that rain down every day from the water column above. These reef-dwelling ophiuroids reproduce readily in closed systems because they have direct development (no planktonic stage). Reef safe, will not bulldoze. Size of individual specimens ranges from approx. 1/4 to 1/2 inch; includes adults, sub-adults and juveniles. MiniStars do not grow larger than approx. 1 inch in diameter.

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