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Old 11-03-2004, 12:47 PM   #1
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should i add this thing?

I got some LR from LR.com. Great stuff. I found a little star on the bottom of the bad. Is it safe. It kinda creeps me out a little because its legs look all hairy. There is also a 1" small red crab, and what looks to me like a cleaner shimp. It is red with a white stripe down its back, very tiny. Along with a bunch of other tiny crabs. I'm just really wondering about the star. bad pic below.

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Old 11-03-2004, 12:50 PM   #2
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looks like a brittle star...safe for the tank.
I'd skip the crab unless you can 100% identify it as safe for fish and corals. many cute little crabs grow up into fish eating monsters. uncool (I just had to remove a crab from my tank that I decided was 'probably ok' when I first set it up).

As far as the shrimp goes, hard to say. Could be a cleaner...could be a mantis or pistol shrimp. If it was me, I wouldn't add them without knowing 100% what species they are.

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Old 11-03-2004, 12:54 PM   #3
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Yep, it's a tiny little brittle star!
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Old 11-03-2004, 01:30 PM   #4
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Add the star. The shrimp I would suspect a mantis, can you post a pic of it? This way we counld give you a positive ID. If its a mantis, definately do not add.
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Old 11-03-2004, 02:13 PM   #5
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Oh please add the little guy! Those things are wonderful.
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