Red Brittle Starfish – Nano

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)



Red brittle starfish, Ophiocoma wendti, is a fairly common starfish found throughout the Keys and South Florida.  Like the other brittle stars and some serpent stars, it is a nocturnal scavenger that spends most of the daylight hours hidden under rocks but ventures out to eat at night.  Although they can get up to an inch in diameter with legs up to 6 inches long, the average size we send has a body that is about 0.25 inches in diameter with arms that are about 2 inches long.  They are reef safe and will eat whatever falls to the bottom. They will get along with other brittle stars from the Caribbean, and with most other Caribbean starfish.  These are great for a nano or pico reef tank, or for a refugium..

Additional information

Weight0.1 lbs
Dimensions1 × 1 × 1 in

11 reviews for Red Brittle Starfish – Nano

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Billy (verified owner)

    The specimen I received was not red, but instead has deep chocolate brown arms with orange spines and a brownish-orange oral disc. Not what I was expecting, but still gorgeous! Size was exactly as described as well (~2″ long arms with a half-inch oral disc). Overall I am quite pleased.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    shekinashalomg (verified owner)

    I bought two of these more than a year ago and I love them they stunning. they don’t grow too fast or eat fish like the green ones.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    chels_lds (verified owner)

    These are great additions to my 75 gallon tank. My daughters really wanted a star fish, but I wanted to keep some corals. These guys aren’t shy so we can see them frequently. I ordered 2 and was sent an extra.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael (verified owner)

    I ordered one, Kara sent two! They both were very much alive upon unpacking. Nice little brittles with a cool reddish orange color and oral discs about the diameter of a pencil eraser. Per starfish behavior they blazed across the sand and into the rocks, haven’t seen anything of them but a couple leg tips sticking out of holes since then. Thanks KPAquatics! I’m so grateful you are here for us in the hobby!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    I bought two of these for my tank last year. The red was so bright and intense! They are always out in the morning when I turn the lights on and then they scurry away. lol

    They do come out during the day as well. One of mine likes to hang out at the top of the tank and float its arms, the other is a bit more shy and hides in my frogspawn waving its arms between the green of the coral.

    Very healthy and big over a year after I received them. They are great scavengers and leave everything in the tank alone, peaceful guys.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Engel

    Both are red in color and arrived well they are now 2 weeks old to my tank and feeding just fine. The small size is great for a BioCube 29 gives me many months of watching them grow. Serpent and Brittle stars both make good reef pets, so fun to feed by hand.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Todd Alvis

    Bright red coloration, acclimated well. They venture out during feeding time and the kids love ’em.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    angela smith

    WOW! I ordered one of these guys and I am totally impressed with the health, and color! AWESOME!
    Not only that everything else I bought was A++++

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Bishop

    Cool looking starfish and it’s the perfect size for my nano tank.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    michael mattox

    nice mobile stars, with lots of color. great scavengers.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom Johnson

    These guys are awesome, really striking with lots of color, in dimmer light they come out and sit on rocks, real beauties and active.

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