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Old 02-08-2014, 06:51 AM   #1
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Baby Starfish Question


OK so over the past few weeks I have noticed tiny baby starfish in my tank. Like A LOT!!! I can count at least 10 at any given time but I'm sure there are more. I had a sand sifting starfish in my tank, but last May I removed all the sand and went bare bottom. I placed the starfish in my 30gal upstairs. The biggest one I can find is about the size of this icon . Maybe a little bigger. From what I can tell from the large one I'm about 85% sure they are sand sifting starfish. SOOOO my question is what will happen to these guys when they get bigger? I know they eat tiny critters from the sand but will they be able to survive in a bare bottom tank? Also where the hell did they all come from? Are they the offspring of my original star or could they have hitched a ride on a coral frag? Anybody familiar with the reproduction of sand sifting starfish?
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:27 AM   #2
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I have heard of them hitching rides on corals before. A tank thats been running for about 10 years at my LFS recently popped up with about 30 of them
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:52 AM   #3
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Are they white and grey? I have a few and was told to get them out. They multiply like crazy by dividing...or dropping a leg. Unfortunately my wife thinks their cute so I'll have to do so when she's not around
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:33 PM   #4
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Are they white and grey? I have a few and was told to get them out. They multiply like crazy by dividing...or dropping a leg. Unfortunately my wife thinks their cute so I'll have to do so when she's not around
That's exactly like I got. Same problem with my wife too lol. Are they problematic though are just a pain cause of how fast they multiply?
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:13 PM   #5
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They are asterina stars. They multiply quite quickly. There is some debate on whether they harm coral or not. I am of the belief that they can and do. I would remove them manually. A few is not a bad thing, but you don't want too many.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:25 PM   #6
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I have had them since the beginning, have hundreds of them, never had any problems.
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:30 PM   #7
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I've never had any problems with having them. They do multiply rather fast though, which is supplemental to your CUC. I've heard that some are coral eaters though.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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I've never had any problems with having them. They do multiply rather fast though, which is supplemental to your CUC. I've heard that some are coral eaters though.
If they were coral eaters, I would have no corals by now
I see them occasionally trespass crawling over a coral. And yes, they do what CUC does.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:13 PM   #9
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I have a few also... love how clean they make the rocks
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