Sea star qt?? Your thoughts

BRS

CanuckReefer

Simple...Salt, Water, LR, Lighting and Flow.
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Nov 18, 2020
Messages
1,956
Reaction score
2,928
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Port Perry Ontario
I have a few starfish. You can see this one with plankton on it’s armpits
I recently added a sand sifting starfish. I haven’t seen it for 2 weeks. It’s probably doing it’s job under the sand.

I had this red one for a few months. I have 2 and it hasn’t died on me yet. There’s a lot of plankton crawling around the rocks for it - as you can see in the picture.
1B6E6757-3784-48EB-B4D8-AC7CC668C17A.jpeg


@vetteguy53081 usually starfish drop whatever the are carrying during the bagging process. Regardless, I did mention a thorough rinsing, which includes sand particles.
Beautiful. Continued success. You are doing something right....
 
AquaCave Logo Banner

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
51,320
Reaction score
114,867
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
Technically they are amphipods, a zooplankton.
Oh my lord. . . they are referred to as sea fleas and members of copepod or lawn shrimp grouping. Reason they are classified as such is Amphipods are Omnivores eating both plants and meat are a part of their diet. Plankton eat phytoplankton and bacteria. Plankton don’t eat insects, fish, or other aquatic creatures, and would not be part of such group.
Nevertheless- safe food source
 

CanuckReefer

Simple...Salt, Water, LR, Lighting and Flow.
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Nov 18, 2020
Messages
1,956
Reaction score
2,928
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Port Perry Ontario
I didn’t know my starfish was a linkia. I honestly thought it was the orange sea star. I don’t know much about identifying starfish.

4F937375-4E75-446F-8E73-25409F2E2068.png
3B459A49-E746-478F-8B83-96704F9A358C.png
It’s
I have to ask how long have you had it? Notorious difficult species....if over 6 months to a year then congrats.
 
Maxout

Miami Reef

2500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 8, 2017
Messages
3,449
Reaction score
2,655
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Miami
I have to ask how long have you had it? Notorious difficult species....if over 6 months to a year then congrats.
About 3 months. Do they grow fast? I don’t think it changed much in size since purchasing. Maybe I teenie tiny bit bigger. But not by much at all.
 

CanuckReefer

Simple...Salt, Water, LR, Lighting and Flow.
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Nov 18, 2020
Messages
1,956
Reaction score
2,928
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Port Perry Ontario
About 3 months. Do they grow fast? I don’t think it changed much in size since purchasing. Maybe I teenie tiny bit bigger. But not by much at all.
Nope they don't grow exponentially in a reef tank. In the ocean yes. Just keeping it alive is a challenge, which you are managing.
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
51,320
Reaction score
114,867
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
Nope they don't grow exponentially in a reef tank. In the ocean yes. Just keeping it alive is a challenge, which you are managing.
Its a challenge yes- but what color !!!
 

Rmckoy

2500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Mar 24, 2013
Messages
3,322
Reaction score
3,539
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Ontario Canada
Its a challenge yes- but what color !!!
Similar to formia ?
They are a challenge to keep alive .
ive read articles stating transferring them and trying to avoid contact with air helps . I’ve tried years ago. .
No luck and refuse to buy something that has such a high mortality rate .
My last one melted away while my clownfish ate it
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
51,320
Reaction score
114,867
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
Similar to formia ?
They are a challenge to keep alive .
ive read articles stating transferring them and trying to avoid contact with air helps . I’ve tried years ago. .
No luck and refuse to buy something that has such a high mortality rate .
My last one melted away while my clownfish ate it
Air (similar to effect of sponge exposure) does not help. They are very intolerant of sudden changes in temperature, oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, and cannot tolerate copper-based medications. And youre correct-It should never be exposed to air while handling. They eat:
Detritus
Microalgea (spirulina as an example)
Small crustaceans such as Krill, mysis, brine shrimp.
 
Click to watch best scape method in 5 easy steps!

nereefpat

2500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Apr 20, 2018
Messages
4,989
Reaction score
5,505
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Central Nebraska
What kind of star?

If the invert comes from a system without fish, then I just acclimate. Otherwise, it's easy to let them sit in a fishless tank for a few weeks. Everyone has their own risk tolerances.
 

Rmckoy

2500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Mar 24, 2013
Messages
3,322
Reaction score
3,539
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Ontario Canada
Air (similar to effect of sponge exposure) does not help. They are very intolerant of sudden changes in temperature, oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, and cannot tolerate copper-based medications. And youre correct-It should never be exposed to air while handling. They eat:
Detritus
Microalgea (spirulina as an example)
Small crustaceans such as Krill, mysis, brine shrimp.
Formia , linkia are essentially the same ?
they were for sale in every lfs in the 90’s
Cheap . But never heard of any surviving long term .
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
51,320
Reaction score
114,867
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
Formia , linkia are essentially the same ?
they were for sale in every lfs in the 90’s
Cheap . But never heard of any surviving long term .
I owned a pet store for 14 years and always told by supplier, , , sell to a very experienced hobbyist only. . . LOL
They wre plentiful and cheap but few knew anything about them.
 

Rmckoy

2500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Mar 24, 2013
Messages
3,322
Reaction score
3,539
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Ontario Canada
I owned a pet store for 14 years and always told by supplier, , , sell to a very experienced hobbyist only. . . LOL
They wre plentiful and cheap but few knew anything about them.
You were the one lfs that was mindful and educated their clients .

this is why I have turned to you many times for advice .
Thanks again
 
AquaCave Logo Banner
OP
R

Rickybobby

Well-Known Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
May 30, 2020
Messages
997
Reaction score
734
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
So it’s the orange sea star. Also interesting on humble fish saying it’s ok to rinse. So I’m theory no air and transfer from a few fresh tank water dips and pray? Also I had a blue linkia with my first tank years ago. No issue. I feed my feed salmon scallops clam and shrimp along with other things. I will also get spirulina and see how that works. Probably hand feed the little guy if I so choose to purchase. The good news is. It’s been at the lfs for a while and looks good
 
OP
R

Rickybobby

Well-Known Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
May 30, 2020
Messages
997
Reaction score
734
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Did humblefish procedure and more. Acclimated for hours. Lfs was 1.021 I’m 1.025-26 so did drips and added a heater to the bucket.
 

Attachments

  • 172C76B2-1DF1-4B62-A405-35F2F2B61F1C.jpeg
    172C76B2-1DF1-4B62-A405-35F2F2B61F1C.jpeg
    157.2 KB · Views: 2
BRS

What would you buy RIGHT NOW if you found an AMAZING deal on it?

  • Equipment

    Votes: 327 52.2%
  • Dry Goods

    Votes: 17 2.7%
  • Fish

    Votes: 58 9.3%
  • Coral

    Votes: 166 26.5%
  • Other Livestock

    Votes: 5 0.8%
  • Nothing

    Votes: 45 7.2%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 8 1.3%
CWT Aquatics - Acrylic Sumps, Tanks, and More!
Top