Once relegated to “dried curio” status, Sea Stars, or “Star Fish” are now enjoying great popularity among aquarists…with good reason! Far from the simple, plodding creatures that some appear to be at first glance, many are voracious predators capable of overpowering fish, Molluscs, snails, and other Sea Stars. Other, often brightly-colored species are valuable scavengers or sift algae from the sand. Sadly, most popular Sea Stars are wild caught and arrive in poor shape, so be sure to check all new specimens carefully. The “beyond bizarre” Brittle Stars, a bit tougher than their “normal” relatives, are a good choice for first-time keepers.