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Old 04-30-2004, 07:24 AM   #1
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Chocolate Chip Starfish in Reef Tank


My 5 year old had Grandpa buy her a Chocolate Chip Starfish at Petco. Now I find out that this type of Star fish is only suitable in fish only tanks. I have a Reef tank with Corals, Feather dusters, Shrimp, Crabs, & cleaning crew but no fish yet.

Has anyone had experience with this carnivorous type of starfish creating havoc in their reef tank ?

Should I be returning this starfish to the ocean ?

Is there a species of starfish that is suitable for a Reef ?
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Old 04-30-2004, 07:33 AM   #2
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linckias (blue star) seem to be the safest. most other sea stars have a taste for sponges, clams and corals.
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Old 04-30-2004, 07:54 AM   #3
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Don't know about the starfishes suitability for your tank, but it is NEVER a good idea to release animals or plants into "the wild". Bring it back to the store if possible. Intentional and unintentional releases are causing a biological catastrophe worldwide, the mediterranean sea is going to be a desert because of caulerpa! Sorry to rant, just kinda a sore spot in my line of work (fisheries biology).
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Old 04-30-2004, 01:26 PM   #4
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CC stars are quite predatory. I would take it back to the store immediately.

Serpent start, brittle stars (except maybe the huge green ones), and Linkias are all reef safe, and a much better choice.

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Old 04-30-2004, 03:59 PM   #5
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I had a CC star consume 2 derasa clams in 1 day.
Back to the store with that evil doer.

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Old 04-30-2004, 09:28 PM   #6
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Serpent and brittle stars are the best. They are hardy and when hungry will come a runnin' for a chunk of shrimp or fish meat which is very entertaining to watch. The linkias are very beautiful, but sadly very fragile and difficult to acclimate to new tanks.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:33 PM   #7
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you'd have a well-fed starfish
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Old 05-01-2004, 10:25 AM   #8
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i have wanted to add a serpent or brittle to my reef but have been scared that they will eat my little fish (gramma, chromis, assessor, and other under 2-inch fish) while they sleep. is this a real or imagined problem (of course excluding the giant green brittle stars)?
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IF you avoid the large green brittle stars the others like the red brittle or most of the smooth armed serpent stars should be fine with fish. Personally I think the trouble with the greens is not feeding them specifically, expecting them to scavenge enuff to eat
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I've never had a problem with the serpent stars. My yellow watchman goby liked to hole up in the same cave as my serpent and would even sit right on top of the star. The serpent never made any attempts to try to catch the fish. I've never seen any of my serpents make any attempts on my fish and I've seen them in situations where they had ample opportunity such as when a fish gets between the hungry serpent and its chunk of shrimp - the serpent just pushes the fish out of the way and grabs the food.
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Old 05-04-2004, 12:28 PM   #11
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I have a brittle and a cc in a 30 gal reef, the red brittle and a striped damsel share a cave and the cc spends all his time on the glass. he seems to be doing more for clearing algae than my snails! but when he does climb on the rock i try to remove him, he ate a sponge the first week i got him but stays away most of the time
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Don, mine ate my clams at night. By the time I saw it happening it was too late...
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eric, the cc or the serpent ate your clam?
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The CC. They go on top and pull the shell open and consume the clam...
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well now, that's just not very nice.
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