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Old 02-14-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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Feather starfish

I bought 2 feather starfish, they are losing their feathers (arms) what can I do to save them? I have heard several people sy not to buy them, but it was too late, I already had them for several months when I read that...Help please!!! Elaine
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Old 02-14-2009, 04:42 PM   #2
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a change in water quality or a nitrates spike can cause them to lose their feathers. if they do die i recommend not bying another one cuz scientists just dont know alot about this type of star. wat are ur water parameters?
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:15 PM   #3

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I have to agree with not buying them , I think it is more of not being able to provide the food they need then anything else. They will live for sometime before they die,
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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Welcome to TRT!!!

Sorry to hear about the situation with your starfish. Hopefully you can find something they like to eat and keep them alive. Unfortunately many times when they start losing legs it may already be too late. I wish you the best of luck with them.
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Check your water perimeters!
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:19 AM   #6
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feather stars are very difficult to keep. i love them, i have tried several over the years. i have had the best luck with the green and white ones. they need to bed many times a day and a very varied food choice. they feed by capturing the food in the feathers then transferring it down to the central disc. each species of feather star require a certain sized food. if it is to big or to small he little arms used for transporting the food can not carry the bits to the mouth.

if you have just gotten the star, within a month, and the arms are falling off, it is because the water salinity was not close enough to natural sea water. about 1.026. even if your water is at 1.026 does not mean that LFS you bought it from was at 1.026. if any of the bodies of water that that starfish was in was not at 1.026 and not acclimated properly then the star was doomed even before you bought it.

they are beautiful creatures, but they take a lot of research to keep. even with a lot of research they are challenging.

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Hello and Welcome to TRT! All the advise below are good points

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