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Old 03-15-2007, 07:19 AM   #1
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Is my starfish dying?


Several weeks ago, my serpent starfish lost an arm and I decided it was just 'one of those things'. Well, this morning, I decided to take a picture of it because he's looking pretty bad. Is this a sign that he's dying? My water parameters are :
ca - 450ppm
alk - 11 dkh
salinity - 1.026
ph - 8.3

Is he maybe trying to reproduce?
Sorry for the lousy quality. I snapped the shot quickly before he moved away.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:12 AM   #2
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I'd say so.....

When I lost some in the past they seem to deteriorate like that
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:14 AM   #3
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Is there any chance of saving him you think? I pretty much have my water spit-spot and can't think of anything I COULD do other than quarantine him and medicate.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:16 AM   #4
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I say, just leave him be. He can recover but, if he does he will do it on his own as he is.

Do you have any fish that may be picking or munching on him??
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:21 AM   #5
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just two clowns, a scopas, a mandarin and that's it and some hermits of course.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:23 AM   #6
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What size tank?? Does he have enough food to eat? Maybe try to feed him??
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:24 AM   #7
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Doesn't look like he's doing too well. Have you checked your phosphate levels? If you don't have a test kit, take in some water to your LFS and have them test it - I lost starfish when my phosphates were high. Also, have you changed salinity or temperature lately? I mean, by a lot? They cannot tolerate swings in temp or salinity very well - -

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Old 03-15-2007, 08:28 AM   #8
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my phosphates are 0 ( the best I can tell from the readout LOL ). The salinity stays on target cause I have an autotopoff system. The temperature swings about 3 degrees up and down in a 24 hour perioud I'd say.

Maybe this fella is just getting old
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:35 AM   #9
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I dont know, dont count him out just yet. I have had several stars loose legs and recover fine. I also had a hard to keep Blue Linkia get stuck on a PH. His two legs were goo and he looked nasty. He fully recovered. I gave him away to a buddy when i broke down my big tank.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:42 AM   #10
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I dont know, dont count him out just yet. I have had several stars loose legs and recover fine. I also had a hard to keep Blue Linkia get stuck on a PH. His two legs were goo and he looked nasty. He fully recovered. I gave him away to a buddy when i broke down my big tank.
Did your stars actually grow back the legs? Seems like I remember from biology class many many years ago that stars grow back their appendages
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:59 AM   #11
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Oh yes they will eventually grow them all back.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:43 AM   #12
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Yep they can grow there legs back.
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:44 PM   #13
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I'm having the same thing happen to my sandsifter as we speak, and I feel horrible for him - he must be in so much pain! (I sound like such a wuss).
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:57 AM   #14
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If it is a sandsifter as you say...he is probably starving...unless you have a big tank 100+. They will eat all the food in the sand bed and starve unless you feed them.

Then they sart to deteriorate and die. Start feeding him and you may be able to save him.
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:47 AM   #15
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A local fellow reefer had a Green Brittle Starfish that had the same thing happen. It was missing the ends of all 5 legs. He discovered it was his hermits picking at the starfish. I got the starfish from him and put it in my fuge where there was nothing to pick on him and fed him small pellet food and thin slices of silversides. He regrew the tips to all his legs. He is now happily living in my MIL's reef tank and growing!



I hope you have the same luck saving yours.
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