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Old 10-28-2003, 11:41 PM   #1
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baby brittle stars? SEE PIC

there is about 50 to 100 of these after a few hours when the lights go out.

pretty cool
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wow, 50-100! where did they all come from LR?
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I am soooo jealous!!! good luck!
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:33 AM   #4
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Hey reefdude.

These are usually a separate species of brittles, and an *awesome* part of a cleanup/scavenging/detritus-eating crew. We have hundreds in our tank & fuge.

Some of ours are very small (total diameter about 1/4"), while others are up to 1" in diameter.

They will reproduce, and will usually not grow any larger than you are seeing them right now.

Let me see if I can dig up a couple pics.
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Here is a shot of a small brittle that I caught hitching a ride on a leg of my Blue Linckia a few months back:
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Old 10-29-2003, 10:34 AM   #7
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Here's a pic of one of the small brittles that I find a lot in our fuge:



Cruddy pic I know, sorry.


I can't find the other pics I was referring to - they must be burnt off on some CD *somewhere*. LOL Most of the *small* brittles we have a very small, white, and quite 'flimsy' - their legs almost have the appearance of spider-webs.
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:24 AM   #8
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wow, thats awesome!

how did you guys get them? from live rock? or did an adult have babies?

thats great!!!!
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:28 AM   #9
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ohio reefer --

To be honest, ours just appeared out of *nowhere*. Nowhere being -- LR, LS, new corals, new macroalgae, or any combination thereof.

These aren't really "babies", per se - they are a distinct species that stays small.

HTH,
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thanks!

now that you mention it. when you buy live sand, do reccomend live sand in a bag or from the lfs established aquarium? I've seen both. and how much do you guys reccomend? just enough to cover your dsb? I've got a 110gal.

sorry for changing the subject.
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