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Old 01-16-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Brittle star lost an arm!!!

I feel so terrible!!!!! I just added a bit of freshwater to the tank after some evaporation, and to escape the flow of water, my sea star (only tank inhabitant at the moment) scuttled away. All fine, I thought. Then I saw the majority of one of his arms on the tank bottom!!! Looks like maybe he ripped it off on a piece of live rock maybe? So now he just has a nub... What should I do? Will he be okay? And a silly question but...should I remove the arm? Will it just create ammonia, or will he eat it or something?

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:39 AM   #2
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The brittle star will fine they grow new arms in the event of losing one. As for the lost arm I would take it out though in the ocean I think that the lost arms survive to grow into another starfish.
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If it grew into a new starfish that would be AWESOME. But I suppose I'll take it out anyways I'm glad he'll grow a new one though, that's a relief.
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The dropped arms can only regrow a new star if it has a part of the central disc attached. At least that's what I've read.
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Glad to put your mind to rest.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:26 AM   #6
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The dropped arms can only regrow a new star if it has a part of the central disc attached. At least that's what I've read.
Ahhh that makes sense.
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Glad to put your mind to rest.
Muchly appreciated!! He seems to be alright, noodling about the tank and resting on his favorite rock. So all seems good!
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