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Wingin It
06-01-2010, 12:24 AM
Have a couple of these giant green brittle stars...what do you think?

whatcaneyedo
06-01-2010, 12:43 AM
You mean like mine? They get big and will catch and eat any small fish you keep with them. Looking at your list, I think that would be most of them.

(brittle star is in the bottom of an IO bucket for size reference)
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh109/whatcaneyedo/Picture1250.jpg

Duffer2
06-01-2010, 08:53 AM
wow. That's massive.

Spiny
06-01-2010, 04:16 PM
You mean like mine? They get big and will catch and eat any small fish you keep with them. Looking at your list, I think that would be most of them.

(brittle star is in the bottom of an IO bucket for size reference)

Huge! What fishes did you lose to that monster?

whatcaneyedo
06-01-2010, 05:28 PM
Huge! What fishes did you lose to that monster?

I never kept any small fish with it when it was in my display tank so I didn't have any problems. Now it lives in my sump so that I don't have to worry about what it could potentially catch. However I still have a 2' snowflake eel so I still don't keep anything under 3".

trinac
06-02-2010, 08:21 PM
I think they are about as nice looking as a bristleworm (gross!). Having said that, I know some people think bristleworms are cool.

Get a nice, pretty Linckia instead! haha

whatcaneyedo
06-02-2010, 10:13 PM
Get a nice, pretty Linckia instead! haha


Linckia are a pretty poor choice as their true diet is unknown and they generally starve to death in home aquarium. A smaller variety of brittle star might be a better idea.

Echinoderms in Aquaria
by Shimek, Ronald L.
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-12/rs/index.php

4lti7ude
06-02-2010, 10:45 PM
I think they are about as nice looking as a bristleworm (gross!). Having said that, I know some people think bristleworms are cool.


Exactly why I dont like brittle stars.
They remind me of bristleworms.. Creeeepy.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/rice_ghost/CANREEF/DSC01860.jpg

silentcivilian
06-03-2010, 04:58 AM
Ya.. there arnt alot of fun common hitchhikers.. like the Teddy Bear Crab... Crabs shouldnt be fuzzy.. its just plain creepy...

Chase31
06-05-2010, 07:24 AM
Exactly why I dont like brittle stars.
They remind me of bristleworms.. Creeeepy.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a157/rice_ghost/CANREEF/DSC01860.jpg

Pardon my language but WTF is that ! is that a bristle worm or a star ugh thats terrifying

4lti7ude
06-05-2010, 08:26 AM
Pardon my language but WTF is that ! is that a bristle worm or a star ugh thats terrifying

Its a creepy bristle worm that resides in my reef =[

Chase31
06-05-2010, 05:54 PM
dude i couldnt even keep my tank with taht

trinac
06-06-2010, 04:22 AM
Guess what I found in the tank today?! A brittle star!! haha It was under one of my brain corals. Its about the size of a quarter including legs, and its purple and orangy.

Wingin It
06-06-2010, 04:35 AM
haha...ya, they're all cute and stuff unless they turn into monsters! LOL

Wayne
06-06-2010, 03:22 PM
I have a brittle star. He is really cool to watch eat, I feed the fish Mysis and Brine Shrimp and the shrimp gets stuck on his arms and then slowly passed up along his arms to the mouth kinda like oldin' days fighting fires with buckets.

So my vote is "There great"

Fishmonkey
06-08-2010, 06:58 AM
I have a huge one in my tank with about 9 inches span. When they get this big is it possible they will scare fish from breeding? i have 2 black percs i want to try breeding but this star concerns me.