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Old 09-30-2008, 10:57 PM   #1
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Brittle star fish...

I know are night feeders. Do I need to add any food into the tank at night, or will it move around the tank and find stuff?

Also, are my nassaria snails, hermit crabs and clown fish safe with the brittle star?
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:06 PM   #2
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I would feed meat items once or twice weekly. There is always a possibility invertebrates and small fish will be predated upon, but perhaps the feedings will keep it at bay....good luck
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brittle stars are oppertunistic so yea they are in danger if he gets hungry and wants a snack.
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What kind of meat items...like the fresh shrimp? What about tuna (in water) out of a can...also, do I drop the food near him and he'll just grab it?
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Brittle's are scavengers, they will find most of the left over food. They do come out and about at night to find what they need. I've never heard of tuna out of a can, but I havent been in SW long. Interesting to follow that one and see what the word is on that.
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I've had a brittle star in my tank for about a year and a half and have never directly tried to feed it. It gets food when I feed the fish. There are a few types of stars that need feedings but I don't believe the brittle is one of them. As was said they are scavengers and will feed on the leftovers. If you feed your fish regularly the brittle will have enough to keep him happy.
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I agree with the rest. I have never directly fed my brittle. I don't know if tuna out of a can would be such a great idea. They probably put all kind of preservatives in it. You can get fresh seafood at your local grocery store.
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Great! Thanks everyone!
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Don't feed canned tuna as it is chalk full of preservatives and other things that you probably don't want in your tank. As for food, they can be fed shrimp, silversides, capelin, non fatty/greasy fish, squid, etc. You may be able to get by without feedings, but they are considered predators more than scavengers.
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I noticed on the package of uncooked raw shrimp (the frozen bag) that there was salt and phosphates. Will that be harmful to my tank?
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