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..
Please Note: Any new fish purchased from us or from a local pet store should to be quarantined. All fish from anywhere in the wild can be possible carriers of bacteria and protozoa that can lead to an infection in your system, so we always recommend that you use some sort of quarantine system prior to adding them to your system. If you have a fish only system and can medicate the whole system, you may not need a separate quarantine tank. If you have a reef system that cannot be medicated, a good ultraviolet sterilization system should prevent any kind of disease outbreak. We medicate our system for bacterial infections and protozoans, but because we don’t always hold our fish for long periods of time, there is no way to be sure all the protozoan cysts have been killed. A little bit of prevention will save you lots of trouble down the line.