Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15
  1. #1
    Senior Member ThisGeekyChick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    674

    Brittle Star not well..

    Hey folks,

    I have an Ophioderma Ensiferum, he came with the 55gal and has been doing well since I acquired the system back in April.

    The last couple days I have noticed the ends of his arms turning white and it looks like the arms are wasting away.

    Water params are all good, no new livestock but have made some changes to the tank.

    Got really tired of listening to the waterfall and worrying about the house after power outages so we removed the crappy sump (2 non food grade tubs, metal rusting clamps, no baffles..) and overflow got the coralife 125 running again and removed the little AquaC Remora skimmer. Skimmer is producing about 1/2 cup wet skimmate a day. Have the skimmer draining in to a bucket. Something happened to the skimmer the other night, came downstairs the next day and found the skimmer dumoing water in to the bucket and on the floor :|The tank level dropped about 2 inches, could have been much worse. Also put the lights on a timer and am running consistent 12 hour cycles now.

    I have a blue legged hermit who has grown quite large, could he be responsible? Could the coral banded shrimp finally be living up to his reputation? Could the star eating himself?! I think I know the answer to the first two but am looking for any experience anyone has with this..

    Thanks in advance..
    Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated!

  2. #2
    Senior Member ThisGeekyChick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    674
    Some pics of the poor little guy..
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated!

  3. #3
    Former Moderator a4twenty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,819
    looks like osmotic shock from a quick change in parameters, either from the skimmer incident or even from the move. these stars do not take changes in O2 / SG / pH or even exposure to air very well and will gradually start to deteriorate shortly after.

    he may still make it, only time will tell, good luck
    `

    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


    My Gallery

  4. #4
    Senior Member ThisGeekyChick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    674
    One would think if it were related to the move we would have seen something sooner, not two months after the fact?...
    The sump only had about 5 gallons of water volume so other than oxygenating the water and providing a little extra flow (and spewing microbubbles in the tank) I don't think it was adding much benefit..
    The big skimmer also spews bubbles out of the basket thingy that hangs in the tank but they are larger bubbles..

    Changes in the oxygen levels are likely the suspect then.. Should I hospitalize him or would that cause more stress on him and be counter-productive?
    Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated!

  5. #5
    Former Moderator a4twenty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,819
    how does he act other than the loss of the tips of his limbs??? still eating and grazing?? i wouldn't QT, just keep an eye out and make sure he is getting some food.

    good luck
    `

    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


    My Gallery

  6. #6
    Senior Member ThisGeekyChick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    674
    He seems to be hanging out under his rock, not really grazing although he never really did. He would normally stick his arms out from under his rock at feeding time. I haven't seen this behavior in the last few days.
    I'll try sticking a krill next to him when I get home and see what he does.
    He's looking somewhat better this morning.. fingers crossed.
    Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated!

  7. #7
    Former Moderator a4twenty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,819
    Quote Originally Posted by YukonChick View Post
    He seems to be hanging out under his rock, not really grazing although he never really did. He would normally stick his arms out from under his rock at feeding time.
    he should be grazing at night, they just get used to us feeding during the day so they're ready for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by YukonChick View Post
    I'll try sticking a krill next to him when I get home and see what he does.
    He's looking somewhat better this morning.. fingers crossed.
    i don't us a full krill ( depending on size i guess ) , you don't want him to lazy :b6:.


    good luck
    `

    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


    My Gallery

  8. #8
    Senior Member ThisGeekyChick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    674

    Update and pics..

    Well I really don't think he's doing too hot.
    He sits up on his arms with his disc exposed, not moving around although he did move to a lower rock when I tried to stick a krill near him (yes.. a full one a4twenty :P They're about 1/2" in length.)
    Managed to get some pics of him..
    I know these critters have amazing regenerative properties, ahould I and at what point would I put him out of his misery? I've read they 'don't feel pain because they don't have a brain' but i don't want to risk him fouling the tank..
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated!

  9. #9
    Former Moderator a4twenty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,819
    did he grab the krill??
    `

    120S RR tank with 60G basement sump / fuge

    Return Pump: Little Giant 4-MDQX SC
    Water Movement: MP40W, Seio 1500, (2) Hydor K4's
    Lighting: 400W SE MH with 10K Venture
    Skimmer: Euro-Reef RS250 with gate valve
    Other: RODI, RDSB, PO4/AC reactor


    My Gallery

  10. #10
    Senior Member ThisGeekyChick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    674
    He started to then the 6 line grabbed it and the star disappeared under his rock where he's been ever since..
    I've been making sure food gets near him but haven't seen him eating. He waves his poor little arms around, I hope he's getting something..
    Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Help, Need an ID: Brittle Star?
    By hippo! in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-20-2007, 04:35 AM
  2. Hitchhiker brittle star
    By Ironman in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-20-2005, 11:51 AM
  3. Red brittle star
    By steve666 in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-16-2005, 01:15 PM
  4. brittle star
    By jjjtoy in forum Photography Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-03-2004, 02:30 PM
  5. What's the best way to catch a brittle star?
    By Flame*Angel in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-14-2004, 02:05 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •