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Monster
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PostPosted: 2003.03.21(Fri)16:14    Post subject: Baby Serpent Stars? Reply with quote

Hi there - I have a 10G fish only saltwater set up and just recently noticed several little white serpent star type creatures hiding in my rocks...
are these in fact serpent stars? babies? my tank inhabitants are:
1 clown
2 serpent stars
1 choc chip star
1 urchin
snails/crabs etc...

Do they breed easily? the tank has been set up for almost a year....

Thanks for your ideas...
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PostPosted: 2003.03.23(Sun)0:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

They have been known to breed in aquariums. How long have you owned them?
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Pandora
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PostPosted: 2003.03.24(Mon)11:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other suggestion is that they could be either baby mini-stars or baby bristleworms. Try and go to your tank at night with a flashlight, you may be able to see them more clearly, since many of these dentrivores are nocturnal.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.25(Tue)14:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had one for about 3 months - the other for about 1. they definitely aren't bristeworms - maybe they're brittlestars?
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PostPosted: 2003.03.25(Tue)14:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree with mini brittle stars they are a common hitchiker on rock or if you get good live sand sometimes there in that also. all you need is a couple they will multiply like crazy youll have tons of them
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PostPosted: 2003.03.25(Tue)15:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting - can they be harmful when they get larger? how large do they get?
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PostPosted: 2003.03.26(Wed)13:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I am not mistaken, they do not get very large. Nothing like the regular brittle stars that you see for sale. The will stay pretty small, pretty much the same size that you are probably seeing now. They are not harmful at all to your tank.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.28(Fri)9:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

they get about 2-3" across thats it
I started with 6 out of a det kit and now I've got tons when I feed the fish you can see there arms waving out of the rock to catch food and when I trim my halmedia plant I have to shake the plant good to get them out but they don't hurt a thing and they are good scavageners
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