Pink Paddle Brittle Starfish (Ophiomastix annulosa)
Max Size: 10 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons
The Pink Paddle Brittle Star boasts a striking appearance with its small red central disc, which may showcase various patterns. Its long and elegant arms are adorned with fancy paddle-shaped spines and shorter sharp spines, adding to its allure.
Being nocturnal, this sea star prefers hiding under rocks during the day and emerges at night to feast on detritus and small organisms. It's essential to avoid housing it with slow, small, or sluggish fish to prevent any potential conflicts.
The Pink Paddle Brittle Star is highly sensitive to sudden changes in oxygen levels, salinity, and pH of the water, making the drip acclimation method crucial for a smooth adjustment. Additionally, it cannot tolerate copper-based medications and should never be exposed to air during handling.
It's important to note that Ophiomastix annulosa is reported to have toxic mucus capable of causing paralysis and fatality in small animals. Therefore, cautious handling is necessary, and any contact with the eyes or mouth should be avoided.
To keep this fascinating sea star thriving in the aquarium, consider offering a diet of zooplankton, finely chopped meaty items, and liquid invertebrate foods. A well-balanced and varied diet is key to its health and well-being.