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Old 01-25-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Green Brittle Star Attack

I have a FOWLR and inverts. Yesterday I added a few inverts including a Fire Red Shrimp. I have a green brittle star in there already. Today my wife came home to find the star eating the shrimp. At first I figured the shrimp had died and the star was eating him after the fact but after a few minutes she noticed the shrimp was actually still alive. She tried to save it but no luck. Is this common? Should I be worried about anything else? I have a Lg coral banded, a couple peppermint, an arrow crab, a regular serpent, and a few assorted snails, emerald crabs, and a red flame scallop.
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As a side note. I have noticed the top of the body of the Green Brittle Star "bubbling" or "bulging". Don't know how else to describe it. It's very odd looking. This is something I noticed this morning prior to the shrimp attack as well as this evening
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The green brittle is the only brittle that is a known fish eater. As for worrying, that's for you to decide. I would target feed him meaty foods regularly if you intend to keep him. right before lights out too.
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Thanks Doug, It would have been nice if the guy at the store had mentioned anything like that before I bought it. Very frustrating! I appreciate the advice

As for the "bubbling" "bulging"......any idea what that's about?
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Na. Take a pic.
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