I have a blue linka that I have in my tank for 10 years and still going strong.To me the ocean and a reef "setting" just seems incomplete without a starfish. But how many of us are actually housing one in our reef tanks? Let's talk about it today!
1. Do you have a starfish in your reef aquarium and if so what kind?
2. Do you think there is an advantage to having a starfish in your tank?
3. Do you have any problems keeping a starfish happy and thriving in your aquarium?
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Very odd but had a similar issue with a red one that I purchased. Everyday a limb would go missing until he was just a stubbHad a sand sifter until he started losing parts of his limbs. Each day it got worse. Not sure if the wrasse or the crabs were nipping but it did not survive the trauma. Have not replaced it but contemplating.
I'm not the starfish police, but I'm an experienced starfish killer before I knew better. I've had a red Linckia, a blue Linkia and a New Calidonian over the years. It is extremely difficult (at least for me) to provide adequate nutrition for these animals while maintaining some semblance of a balanced bioload. These were all in mature tanks under 50 gallons. Larger tanks perhaps provide a different story but an immature 4 month old tank of any size would be problematic (for the starfish) IMHO.Was thinking about adding a red linckia. Anyone have experience with them in a 4 month old tank?
Fromias and linckias can't get enough food in a nano tank. They'll starve. It may take months, depending on how long they've been without proper food before, but they will inevitably starve. You should rehome that linckia, unless you have a tank that's a couple hundred gallons to put it in.I've had problems with every fromia and blue lincjia I've bought in my nano tank... But my new 56g tank currently houses a narrow star and red linckia no problems, and quite a few asterina...maybe the tank size did the trick, or the species
I had heard the orange linckia I have now is manageable vs the blue one I use to have. Those fromias would just melt quickly in my nano. Probably not getting one again. Misspelled narrow star for nardoa star, it's marbled, also have a serpent doing wellFromias and linckias can't get enough food in a nano tank. They'll starve. It may take months, depending on how long they've been without proper food before, but they will inevitably starve. You should rehome that linckia, unless you have a tank that's a couple hundred gallons to put it in.