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Old 09-03-2006, 07:45 PM   #1
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Reef safe starfish??


Well, based on replies from another thread, a clam is out on my 24g aquapod DSB with 70w MH, so.... Looking to the stars . Just want to know if there are any stars that are reef friendly? As always, all of your help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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I have a brittle and a sand sifter star



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Old 09-03-2006, 08:07 PM   #3
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[quote=abigtroutt;814174]I have a brittle and a sand sifter star quote]

They are reef safe?? Won't eat corals, don't plan on SPS, only softies and LPS.
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I have him in a softies and LPS tank and he never comes out of the sand until I feed the fish then he may come out and sift the top of the sand for some goodies then he goes back under the sand. I never had any problem with him.. I was thinking about adding another.
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:23 PM   #5
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I have him in a softies and LPS tank and he never comes out of the sand until I feed the fish then he may come out and sift the top of the sand for some goodies then he goes back under the sand. I never had any problem with him.. I was thinking about adding another.
Ok, how large is your tank, mine is only 24g as stated, the first post says that's too small, i thought about a brittle or sand sifting, but... checking here first.
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:29 PM   #6
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They don't feed on top of the sand. They are feeding when they're under the sand. They feed on things like microcrustaceans and worms in the sandbed. They need huge areas of open sand to find enough food, and all but the biggest tanks are too small to sustain even one. These animals are theoretically immortal, but in the hobby they rarely survive beyond 2 years. The fact that they can live about 12-18 months without eating is probably the only reason any even make it that long.
Alright, guess that means stars are out too, unless i decide to just spend the money and set up my 75 gallon.
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Old 09-04-2006, 08:00 AM   #7
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there are several starfish you can keep. i do not suggest Linkia's unless you are 100% reliable in the source. these are extremely sensitive to acclimation shock. this can occur even before your LFS. this can also take several weeks to show.

some brittle stars have small central discs. these are what you are looking for. the smaller the central disc the smaller the food item they are capable of eating. most of these small central disced stars will eat detritus and small pieces of left over food. i had a black brittle star that was about 15" in diameter with a central disc that was only 1" across. it used it longs arms to sweep the substrate for left overs.

i can not remember the Genus, i will see if i can hunt it down.

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Just want to know if there are any stars that are reef friendly? As always, all of your help is greatly appreciated.
Linckia would be one of your worst choices.

Either brittle stars, serpent stars, common Caribbean/Florida stars, sand sifting stars - yes they do eat fish food - will all do fine for you. They come in different colors, so you could have all the same stars and they would all look different too.
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What literature?


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They don't feed on top of the sand. They are feeding when they're under the sand.
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I have him in a softies and LPS tank and he never comes out of the sand until I feed the fish then he may come out and sift the top of the sand for some goodies then he goes back under the sand. I never had any problem with him.. I was thinking about adding another.
You mean the literature written by people that have no practical experience with any of these animals and just go around reciting it?
I had much rather listen to people that have actually kept the animal. Like Geoff and abigtroutt.
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how about a nano size harlequin star??? i believe sealife florida carries the nano sized starfish...
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their primary prey are mollusks-preferred to ingest echinoderm-dominated by molluscs and a bivalve-infaunal prey-
ROTFL so you're saying they like blender mush

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there are several starfish you can keep. i do not suggest Linkia's unless you are 100% reliable in the source. these are extremely sensitive to acclimation shock. this can occur even before your LFS. this can also take several weeks to show.

some brittle stars have small central discs. these are what you are looking for. the smaller the central disc the smaller the food item they are capable of eating. most of these small central disced stars will eat detritus and small pieces of left over food. i had a black brittle star that was about 15" in diameter with a central disc that was only 1" across. it used it longs arms to sweep the substrate for left overs.

i can not remember the Genus, i will see if i can hunt it down.

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Ok, so a star might not be out after all, based on newer information, I just liked the look of the blue linkia, that's why i used it as an example. Thanks for the information, please let me know if you do find out the genus of that black star. Also, has anyone kept a star for longer than a year??? Sorry greenbean hasn't had much luck with that, but has anyone had one longer????
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:00 PM   #14
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I have the green brittle star and love him. Before getting the 90 up and running I had him in the 24 aquapod. He would eat the blender mush that didn't get eaten by everyone else. I moved him to the 90 because my pod was really overstocked. He was in the pod for a month and never bothered my fish or corals.
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:16 PM   #15
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thanks jena, seems like i'm getting more information now that is saying it's ok to keep them, still wondering about them living more than a year though. Seems like sand sifting,serpent?? or brittle is the way to go if i want one, as far as coloration, which type has a larger variety of colors??
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