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not sure of the species, but I think thats one of the sps eating pest sea stars, its about the size of a nickel right? you should try and get rid of it if you have sps
 

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I was thinking the same thing. Now I have to try and find it. Accually it's about half the size of a nickle.

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bad star... they multiply rapidly my splitting. ive been removed around 50 or so over the last 4 or 5 yrs.i remove all that i can see (usually around 5)every month .but always one escapes detection. for the most part they are seen eating algae on tank and rocks.but i have seen them eating zoas on occassion probably when hungry.so im not to aggressive about removing them but if i see the near any zoas then they definitely get the boot.there is some info at garf.com about predatory stars

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Good call, the ones they showed is the one I have. Now that this one is out of the tank lets see how many more pop up.

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yeah but then you have to feed the harlequins...such awesome looking shrimp, always wanted a pair, but dont want to have to feed them starfish.

you'd have to have a lot of these little stars to support a harlequin wouldnt you?
 

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Well none of my sps looks nibbled on and everything seems to be doing OK so I'm not gonna stress it until I notice something going on.
 

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start farming them.and freeze and sell as a harlequin food. j/k i can see it now .five years from now filthy rich. and it started from one itty bitty star....lol....


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they prefer lanika (sp?) stars in the wild, but can easily subsist on mini stars as well as chocolate chip stars.

they are not coral feeders, just obligate star feeders.
 

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not sure, the harlequin would have to catch it, which is not too easy on brittle stars i would guess.

sand sifters i know nothing about.
 

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I have read that astrina(sp?) are fine to have in your tank unless you see the color "red" on them and then they are trouble, but 90% of astrina stars are harmless. I wish I could remember where I read this but can't.
 
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