Baby Sea Star?

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    jrock4411

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    Iwish I had a decent picture, but I have in my tank what appears to be a very, very tiny (maybe 3mm across) white sea star. It has a central brown spot and 5 arms that look like spaghetti worms. Appears to have hitched in with some frogspawn coral. Anyone know of anything like this? I realize its a vague description with no pic, just hoping it may ring a bell. Thanks! J
     
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    Asterina star. For the most part they are harmless, however they can reproduce very rapidly and 1 can end up being a few hundred in no time.

    By your description of "arms that look like spaghetti worms", they may also be mini brittle stars. Also harmless.
     
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    Thanks ccCapt! I'll keep an eye out for reps. He disappeared into my rock about 5 mins after I put the frogspawn in.
     
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    With spaghetti worm arms.I'm guessing its either a small serpent star or brittle star.
    Either way,its safe.
     
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    Those mini brittle or serpent stars are usually in your live rock when you get it and are a welcomed sight.
     
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    These are asternias. Doesnt sound like them. Almost sounds like mini brittle stars.

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    Wow guys, thanks again for all the info. I'd say it's a brittle star for sure. More excitement to look forward to.

    Thanks, J
     
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    Yep, mini brittle star. Asterinas have fat, chunky arms.
     
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    I had the kind with a blue spot in them and they started eating my coralline. I picked them out with tweezers until the last was gone. (We humans are good at eradicating a species.)
     
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    Murderer.
     
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    Just look at his sig and you know where he is coming from!!!!:mrgreen:
     
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    welcomed? what do you mean by that does that mean they are good for cleaning or just that mean they are just not bad to have in a tank
     
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    Good for cleaning and are a sign of a healthy system.
     
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    oh as i thought thanks
     
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