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Old 01-05-2006, 02:31 AM   #1
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Brittle stars?

What do these guys eat? Im kind of nervous. I got this guy from my lfs yesterday hes medium, brownish color and whitish marks on his legs. Are they ok for a DSB? MY lfs said they eat detrius.
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They eat detritis, leftover food they find in the tank.

Also, a couple times a week, I put a little piece of table shrimp on a feeding stick and use a flashlight to see where the star is in the tank, then I offer the shrimp near where he is. He comes out and wraps his arms around the shrimp and takes it off the feeding stick. It's very cool to watch. I do this because I don't overfeed my fish anymore and I want to make sure he eats enough.

I store the table shrimp in the freezer and just cut off a peice with a pair of scissors when I want to feed it.
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This may be stupid? but is a table shrimp the same as a cocktail shrimp?
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Not stupid. I had to ask the same question.

Yes, it is cooked shrimp. It comes in the little tiny ones or in bigger sizes that I think they call tiger shrimp. I have used both, but the bigger ones I have to cut up more. I cut it up before I freeze it, then flatten out the baggie and lay it on the freezer shelf, that way it doesn't freeze into a big hard uncuttable rock of shrimp! I learned that lesson early on. Once it's frozen, it doesn't have to lay flat.

You can also use freeze-dried krill on a feeding stick. Do you have a feeding stick? The lfs may have long thin hard tubing, just get one of those and push a peice of a wooden skewer into the end. That way you can stick the shrimp on there. I used a wooden toothpick, but had to kind of flatten the tube around it because it's wider, but it works. I also bent one end of my tube and put a toothpic in that end so that I can have the angle necessary to reach the shrimp under the rocks a little if need be, otherwise my fish try to eat it off before Mr. I'm So Slow starfish gets around to it.
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Really weird it seemed like actually the brittle when inside my rock and im like how the heck he get in there. There ugly but there cool to watch.
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I actually have a serpent star, which doesn't have the spikes on the legs. Otherwise, they look pretty much the same. Mine squeezes in between rocks that I can't even see the cracks between. He flattens so much it scares me, almost like he's made of jelly.
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Not stupid. I had to ask the same question.

Yes, it is cooked shrimp.
I'm sure you mean cooking shrimp right? If now, I wouldn't suggest feeding them cooked food.

All are good suggestions. Brittlestars are great and you could probably go without feeding at all but I've always fed mine. They will take it from your hands. I've fed raw shrimp, mysid, silversides and krill. They aren't to particular. They'll even take a piece of algae sheet if you offer it to them.

Those brittlestars you see in the liverock, that's all you'll ever see of them. I have some I've had for years and they are still in the rock.
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Actually, I buy the little cocktail shrimp. They're white as opposed to opalescent. My lfs recommended it. Sometimes I chop it up and give it to all my fish. They seem to like it okay. Is that a bad idea? I've gotten bad ideas from lfs before.
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Unless you are cooking it yourself, and really it's not necessary, I wouldnt' buy cooked shrimp. Unless you know for sure no additives have been used in the cooking process. JMO
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Best to feed raw foods to your system. Look at it this way... They don't get cooked food in the ocean, right?

I love my brittle stars. I keep some in both of my tank. They scavenge quite well and are no bother. I suppose you could feed them, but I wouldn't overdo that as then they wouldn't perform as well at the task you've put them in for. They do prefer the rock/glass over the sand, IME.

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