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Old 02-20-2004, 11:24 AM   #11
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Couldn't get a decent pic and if you did not see it in person it looks more like aiptasia but I hope it gives you an idea anyway. The lights where still off on the tank so it not a very good pic.

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Old 02-20-2004, 03:05 PM   #12
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Maybe the star fish grew into the whole and is now stuck.....LOL!! I think I have onethe same way you described.....I always see the legs...hanging out of two/three different holes...with out the center ever coming out....poor thing.
I'll see about taking a pic!! LOL!
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Old 03-11-2004, 12:17 PM   #13
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Well, I've pretty much determined that it is a banded serpent star in the hole. Now I'm concerned that it did grow to large to leave and is stuck..... Should I break the live rock to release it, or will it live just fine in the hole?
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Old 03-11-2004, 04:58 PM   #14
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Should I break the live rock to release it, or will it live just fine in the hole?
They are actually capable of contorting their bodies when needed. I would not worry about it that much. In all honesty it is probabley leaving the "burrow" in the wee hours of the night already.

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Old 03-12-2004, 11:20 AM   #15
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Well, I've pretty much determined that it is a banded serpent star in the hole. Now I'm concerned that it did grow to large to leave and is stuck..... Should I break the live rock to release it, or will it live just fine in the hole?
I think this is the case with me, too. I have had brittle stars in the past, so I know what they look like. I definitely have about 3 of them living inside of the rock and sticking their arms out when the lights go out.

I think it is from when I bought the rock. There were about 10 brittle stars in the box with the rock. Living just fine. They were only about an inch in diameter, however. So, I believe they got down deep in the rock, and just live there sticking arms out from time to time.

Every once in a while, in the morning, there will be a brittle star arm curled up in the middle of the sand all by itself. Weird!

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Old 03-22-2004, 11:36 AM   #16
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Finally, I borrowed a digital camera and took a picture of what I think is a brittle star inside my liverock. It only comes out at night, so I had to turn on the lights temporarily to get the pic. Sorry for the poor quality, let me know what you think.
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That looks a lot more like a spaghetti worm than a starfish
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Nope, not a brittle star. Don't know what it is, but it is not a brittle star.

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Ok, so if it's not a brittle star, then what is it (one suggestion is a spaghetti worm), and is it harmful? So far I haven't noticed anything bad.
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I hate to disagree but I still think it's a serpent star, banded by the way. The tentacles are tappered and there are not enough of them to be from a spaghetti worm. They also seem to have some strength against the water flow which would also rule out the worm.

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