Species group: Sea Stars and Brittle Stars
Other common names: Western Spiney Brittle Star
Scientific name: Ophiothrix spiculata
Brittle stars are close relatives to the more familiar sea stars. You may have seen them in the past by accident in your tanks as they are commonly stow-a-ways in both temperate and tropical shipments. These animals are suspension feeders and will capture organic debris in your tanks. They also look beautiful when crawling or swimming.
The spines on the arms help provide structural support and are not harmful to humans.
Completely docile with no known negative interactions.
Having a few plants or structures for your brittle stars to cling to is a nice way to view them. Brittle stars are a great addition to any cold water aquarium. They play well with other species and help keep the water clean of debris.
detritus, scavengers, cleaning, great addition
copperbased medications, oxygen levels, pH, sudden changes