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The Dark Red Brittle Starfish, scientifically known as Ophiocoma wendtii, is a fascinating and striking invertebrate that brings a touch of color and intrigue to marine aquariums. With its deep red coloration and unique arm movements, the Dark Red Brittle Starfish is a captivating addition that enhances the visual appeal of your reef tank.

The Dark Red Brittle Starfish showcases a rich and vivid red hue on its long, slender arms, which radiate from a central disk. These arms move gracefully, giving the impression of a flowing dance across the substrate and live rock. They typically have a span of around 6 to 8 inches, making them suitable for medium-sized reef setups.

Known for their peaceful and beneficial nature, Dark Red Brittle Starfish are a valuable addition to the aquarium. They are excellent scavengers and detritivores, helping to keep the tank clean by consuming leftover food and debris. They are generally compatible with most reef-safe fish and invertebrates, contributing to a balanced and thriving ecosystem.

Feeding the Dark Red Brittle Starfish is relatively easy, as they are primarily scavengers. They will actively forage for small particles and detritus in the substrate and crevices of the aquarium. Additionally, providing them with occasional meaty foods such as small pieces of shrimp or fish will supplement their diet and ensure their well-being.

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 72-78°F
  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • Salinity: 1.023-1.025
  • Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels should be closely monitored and kept at low levels.


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone, wix/email or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Brittle Starfish - Dark Red

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