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Old 10-05-2005, 05:47 PM   #1
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Oh no...Did I just put another fish killer in my tank?

So I finally have added two fish (small clowns) back into my tank after the previous ones were "taken out" by my CBS. The CBS is now gone (although I'm not proud of the way I had to do it).
Last weekend I purchased a brittle star. I thought they were all the same and he would just help to keep my sandbed clean. He is green in color and as I've done some more reading I think he may be a killer also.
Should I remove him to the QT and take him back to the LFS?

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Old 10-05-2005, 05:59 PM   #2
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I would take it out. Green brittles have a tendency to ea any fish they can catch.
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Old 10-05-2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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Yup the green ones can be more aggressive. I would take it back and opt for a serpent star, their arms don't break off as much and they are better to look at IMO
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i have a huge brittle star, an easy 6-8 inches across, i've never seen him after any fish, curious now if i should take him out...

he is not green however, but brown with some tanish color stripes on the underside.
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:23 PM   #5
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Grrr...

Thanks guys, here's a pic of him...
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he is not green however, but brown with some tanish color stripes on the underside.
Should be Ok, its the green ones that are documented to be a problem.
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:39 PM   #7
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Get a grey brittle. Kinda greyish pinkish. Very docile.
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This is one of those stories I have never been able to get a true answer to.

I have heard it told that a green bristlestar will corner and kill fish. However, I have asked everyone who has ever kept them, or knows people that have ever kept them, and have yet to find any evidence of this. Is it one of those "Fish-keepers' Tales"?

IMO I have watched them and they don't seem to move that fast. I think any fish slow enough to get eaten by one was pretty poor to begin with.

Has anyone first or even second hand knowledge of these stars actually eating fish?
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Old 10-05-2005, 09:13 PM   #9
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Green brittle stars will indeed trap fish. It's not a fish keepers tale. I had a fish killer star and I made excuse after excuse that it wasn't him taking out my chromis. Til I actually got to see the it go into the trap stand. They stand on their denticles til a fish takes refuge under them. This will normally happen at night when the fish is looking for a safe haven to bed down. Small fish are the normal target. The fish trapping is less of a problem though if you keep the starfish well fed. Try target feeding it some shrimp, silverside, krill, whatever so it doesn't need to hunt.
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I have always had the green brittles and have not had problems, but then, like Fluff suggested, mine are pretty well fed.
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