Good or bad brittle star?

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  1. Fish Boss

    Fish Boss Supporting Member

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    image.jpg So I occasionally check my tank at night, I generally just see stomatella snails, but this time I found a brittle star! No idea how he got in my tank, and I don't know much about these guys. So as the title states, is he good or bad? Thanks!
     
  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

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    I believe all brittle stars are fine. I bought mine. It's probably a foot across now if it stretched its legs all the way out.
     
  3. Baykes

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    Got some 'micro' brittles as hitchhikers, and they are supposed to stay small and be a beneficial part of the CUC
     
  4. Ibn

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    Beneficial. That's what's typically called a harlequin brittlestar there. They're micro brittles as William mentioned and they don't get very large. I have tens of them in the tank since I feed pretty heavy and they're decent general scavengers. I even have a couple of the large red brittles, on of which stretches an easy 6" across, and they're reef safe (unlike the green ones).
     

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