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Green Brittle Star???

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PTPuffers

puffer
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Jan 6, 2004
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Hi, I have a large green brittle star in my 55gl and I just read that they eat gobys. My little diamond goby has been missing for about a week now and I didn't know what happened to him, now I thin I know. I also have a 35gl with a yellow eyed tang, small spotted puffer, coral banded shrimp and a purple lobster. does any know if i can throw him in there and he and everyone in there will be safe. I dont want him to get my mandarin or my red scooter blenny, that in my 55gl with him. maybe i should just take him back to the lfs that i got him at. any advice will be apprieciated(SP??)

Thanks,
Gary
 

Mapster

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Jan 15, 2004
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GBS especially large GBS will eat fish. They will hide in the rocks where the fish sleep and pounce on them. They will do this to any fish, crab or snail they can wrap there arms around. They will mostly tank advantage of small slow moving, injured or dying/dead animals. A good way to deter this behavior is to target feed the starfish twice a week (or so). I used to feed mine freeze dried krill twice a week and never encountered any problems, no gaurentees though. They are good scavengers and will clean up detritus and dead snails quickly. I would move him to the other tank where the inhabitants seem less likely to fall victim to the star and start target feeding. Whatch him closely for any stalking techniques. Sometimes they will stand up on there legs waiting for a fish to swim through. Pretty cool site to see (unless you are the fish).

HTH
MAP
 

TDEVIL

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Sep 21, 2003
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Alice said:
Got to agree with Map; seems like feeding them often is key. Good luck!
i agree with both ;)

i have a large GBS, that i took to the LFS and traded, because of this, but recently got him back, he wasnt doing so well, so they gave him back to me for free :)

i feed him 2 times a week, i got him from a friend that quit the hobbie (his 3rd tank in a row broke) so he wasnt in my plan, but what can you do, in my friends tank he ate a coral b, so i keep him well fed ;)

i have some pics of him in his predatory stance if you would like to see them, LMN

TD
 

TDEVIL

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and the other one i took, remember these are with the old cam, not the best ;)

TD
 

uwscotch

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Jan 16, 2004
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Looks like this thread started from my post of a free GBS. Any takers, probably not now. Yes, mine is a fish eater. I spot feed him krill, 1" X .5" piece once a week. He still has an apetite or desire to stalk gobies and dottybacks. If you have fast moving large fish, he would be great or in a reef only. You can see the thread in livestock free or for sale. there is also a pic of him in the photo gallery under tank pics.

uwscotch
 

PTPuffers

puffer
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Jan 6, 2004
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I decided to get rid of mine. Did not want him to eat any more of my fish for dinner. Thank you all for you input. And for the pics TD. Now that I see those It really makes me glad I got rid of him. I have some great pics of him, I thought he was awsome. A very difficult desicion. I took him to the lfs and got a fuzzy mushroom for him. Not much I know but at least I can sleap easy again. Again thanks to all for their input.


Gary
 
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