STARFISH: How many of you have a starfish in your reef?

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Starfish in your reef aquarium?

  • Yes I currently have one

    Votes: 307 40.9%
  • No starfish for me

    Votes: 219 29.2%
  • I have problems keeping them alive

    Votes: 76 10.1%
  • I plan to add one in the future

    Votes: 148 19.7%
  • other..

    Votes: 51 6.8%

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DrEggroll

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I have an asterina that came from my live sand that had been sitting on the shelf for you knows how long. 2 micro bristles from “live” life rock from my LFS
 

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I tried keeping a fromia. I heard they usually don’t last long it died over the course of about 7 months. I don’t think it was eating. I offered various foods and no luck. It would actually toss anything offered. I do plan to read up on these guys and go for round two.
 

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I tried keeping a fromia. I heard they usually don’t last long it died over the course of about 7 months. I don’t think it was eating. I offered various foods and no luck. It would actually toss anything offered. I do plan to read up on these guys and go for round two.
They don't eat any foods you can buy. They graze off hard surfaces, and will run out of food in all but massive tanks.
 

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I have a brittle star about 8 inches.

All I really ever see is the tentacles. Rarely see the body.

I don't know if it helps the CuC or not. I just shoot some mysis at it when I feed.

I've had it a little over a year.

I do know one thing. When I had a salt level problem (too high) that caused a crash because of my irresponsibility the brittle star was the first victim.
 

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I just added 2 sand sifting stars a few days ago and have not seen them since.

Added them because I read where they will keep the sand bed clean. Besides, I will definitely find out since I cannot siphon the sand bed anymore of fear to not stick it to either one of them. Did not clean the sand bed before anyway.

The verdict is still out on that one if I even see them again to know that they are still alive.
 

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How long did you have it?

Because when I first got into the hobby 10+ years ago I purchased a starfish without knowing much about them I had a newer one that did something similiar. It was like it was a sweater that just unraveled. I then looked up and found they were hard to keep, never attempted another. Typical impulse buy failure.
He was about two years old.
 

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I tried to have a couple of serpent stars, but I have a mature gorilla crab since I set up the tank 1.5 years ago. Never able to catch it. I'm certain it was responsible for attacking and destroying both stars.
Otherwise it leaves everything else alone.
 

ander

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I had red sea starfish for 24 h. Unfortunately it decayed on small parts. When I was buying the starfish, all starfish had a missing parts, so I thought , maybe they got damage during transportation- naive me.. Will I try to get a starfish again?- Yes, but from a diferent store..
 

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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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Have a sand sifting starfish. While not as flashy/vivid as linckia or from is, it is also not picky or very fragile. It is a very beneficial detrivore and sand stirrer. And I would argue that even though it's not as colorful as some others, it's full of personality and starfishiness. Very cool/cute and very star fishy behavior. Definitely worth it and down right recommended as long as you have a sandy bottom.
 
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WHEN WAS YOUR MOST RECENT ADDITION TO YOUR TANK?

  • Today!

    Votes: 57 12.8%
  • Yesterday...

    Votes: 51 11.5%
  • Last week!

    Votes: 129 29.1%
  • Last month.

    Votes: 80 18.0%
  • More than a month ago.

    Votes: 86 19.4%
  • Probably a year or more ago.

    Votes: 23 5.2%
  • I don't remember...

    Votes: 2 0.5%
  • My tank is brand new and I still haven't added anything to it yet!

    Votes: 16 3.6%

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