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Red Serpent Star - Show
Ophioderma squamoisissinum
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Tank Stats
Size: 6+ inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Flake, Pellet, Meaty
Origin: Caribbean
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallon

The Red Serpent Starfish is a brittle, spiny and hard skinned animal that features a central, 5-sided disc with five banded and scaly arms. All it needs is a plenty of room to roam, and ample hiding places that provides it a realistic shelter. The Red Serpent Starfish is very sensitive to water changes, and is intolerant to sudden changes in oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, and also to copper medications. We recommend you to use drip acclimatation method with no less than 2.5 hours due to their intolerability to changes in water chemistry. The Red Serpent Starfish requires salinity of 1.025 ppm, as lower salinities will shorten life of this animal. The Red Serpent Starfish is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium with no distinguishing characteristics to help differentiate it from its mate. It can be fed with small meaty foods such as chopped meat, shrimp, mussel, or fish. It will not bother any tank inhabitant if it is fed properly. The Red Serpent Starfish moves along the sea bed, and has the ability to regenerate that is why, if any arm is cut off it can be regenerated and form a new arm. The Red Serpent Starfish has five arms that are radiating from a central disk underneath which, the mouth of the starfish is located. It is a great scavenger and mainly feeds on decaying matter and plankton, and that makes a great addition to any tank. The Red Serpent Starfish is mainly nocturnal and catches its prey using its long appendages or arms, and during the day it will mostly found hiding in rockwork or can be seen with its appendages sticking out on the rockwork. Often you will find the Red Serpent Starfish buried in the sand bed, while extending the arms to sense for food.

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