What fish eats brittle starfishes and stomatella snails?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by muhli, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. muhli

    muhli Guest

    Im looking for a fish that eats brittle starfishes and stomatella snails that I can put in my 10 gal.
    Brittle starfishes are wrecking my zoas, stomatellas are breeding like crazy.
    Oh by the way, I think Ill be giving away from stomatella snails this weekend to people in the Sunset/Richmond area of SF.
    Dont want to go anywhere else.
    So back to the topic, are there any fishes you guys recommend?
  2. gerbilbox

    gerbilbox Guest

    Can I have some stomatella snails? I'm not in SF but I can travel.
  3. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    stomatellas will only multiply if you feed enough to support their population.
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    The problem with a tank the size of 10g is that any fish that MIGHT be able to eat brittle starfish will be way too big for your tank, not to mention brittle stars tend to hide in rocks and so forth.

    If your rocks are small you could possibly remove them and swish them around in a bucket with a little povidone/iodine in it and that might kill them to the point of making them fall off.
  5. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    They bailed on rocks I dunked in H2O2...the bottom of the container was covered.

  6. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I suspect he is talking mini brittles or which there are a few fish that would work. Pseudochromis are known to sometimes eat them. Some wrasses. I had a basslet that only ate them, but you won't find it on the market.
  7. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

    Maybe hermit crabs would eat small ones.
  8. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    If it is the tiny brittle stars, I am surprised to hear they are destroying zoas.
    From everything I have heard, they are fairly beneficial detrivores.
    Instead, they might be eating the already dead parts of the zoas, killed by something else,
    or just eating detritus in and around the zoas.

    If you do have a ton of mini brittle stars, that huge population could be a result of ideal conditions,
    which means lots of detritus. That same condition could be killing zoas due to water quality.
    And if that is the case, adding a fish likely would just add more detritus, and make it worse.

    But that is a lot of "ifs". So really just some ideas to think about.
  9. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    They don't eat them, but they sure as hell can irritate them into staying closed... as the old saying goes, a closed mouth doesn't get fed (light or food).
  10. muhli

    muhli Guest

    Sure, If you can come over to the city this weekend.

    Nah, not killing zoas, just harassing them forcing them to close haha
    My yellow tail damsels are ignoring them =[
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Try pulling some out of the rock and dropping them in the water column. The damsel just may get a taste for them :)

    What other fish do you have?
  12. muhli

    muhli Guest

    that's about all the fishes I have LOL
    I dont think I can add anymore.
    My yellow clown goby just died 2 weeks ago...
  13. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    OK maybe an arrow crab then? Worth a shot.
  14. muhli

    muhli Guest

    Looks so ugly =[

    @joost, I don't got messages yet as im not a BAR member yet. Just give me your email and we can talk from there
  15. gerbilbox

    gerbilbox Guest

    I can certainly make it this weekend. I'm not sure how to contact you since I don't want my contact info searchable on the Googles...oh I got an idea. Get my email from this temporary image, send me a message and we'll take it from there:

  16. muhli

    muhli Guest

    email sent
  17. Joost_

    Joost_ Guest

    my email is 12.jooost at gmail dot com
    Thanks :)
  18. muhli

    muhli Guest

    email sent
  19. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

    sending spam to Joost. :D
  20. northbay-reefer

    northbay-reefer Honorary Member

    I have seen banana wrasse, and Lunar wrasse eat them in my tank

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