Found a star

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    Was cleaning the glass, scraping off the old green and some coralline off the sides of my tank and moving stuff around today. I lifted a zoa and saw this small whitish colored star fall off the bottom of it. Any clue what kind it is and if I can put it back or not? I do have a green brittle star which is pretty big but I'm not sure if they breed or not. It's about an inch long from one end to another.

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    It's a micro brittle star, they're good and you probably have hundreds of them in your tank. Definitely put that guy back.
     
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    Back in the tank. Thanks.
     
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    +1. If your lucky enough...you'll get to see them spawn. Mine do 3 or 4 times per year. Pretty cool and gross at the same time.
     
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    Wait... back up the bus.
    You have a green death star??
     
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    Google green brittle star, green death star, green brittle death star, or any combination. You'll find a ton of accounts where, when the star gets bigger it will ambush sleeping fish and eat them.
     
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    Oh, you definitely have the green "death" star! I had one last year and he was really cool. I would target feed him meaty pieces of food and it was interesting to watch him digest it. But then.......he at my yellow watchman goby!
     
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    Yeah, I knew about the rep they have but I have had him for about five months now and haven't had any occurrance of missing fish so I'm fine with him being in there.
     
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    If that is indeed a green serpent star then I would ban him to the sump or any other remote location, because when it gets big enough it will prey on sleeping fish. I've lost 2 basslets and a damsel but had one fat happy serpent.
     
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