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: 302 40.5%
  • No starfish for me

    Votes: 220 29.5%
  • I have problems keeping them alive

    Votes: 76 10.2%
  • I plan to add one in the future

    Votes: 148 19.8%
  • other..

    Votes: 51 6.8%

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I have had a brittle star (about 3 inches across) for a while now but I haven’t seen it in a while. If its still alive it must only come out at night as it’s probably hiding in a crevice. I do have some small white stars, (not the pest kind) that are out all the time. Stars do well in my bare bottom without sand so keep that in mind. So if your tank is mature and a clean sand bed or no sand bed, then you should have no issues.
 

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1. Do you have a starfish in your reef aquarium and if so what kind?

I’ve been keeping a red serpent starfish In my tank for 6 years now, it’s name is Fred

2. Do you think there is an advantage to having a starfish in your tank?

Yes of course, the one I have is a voracious cleaner. He clears up any dropped pellets and takes care if anything that’s died without my knowledge. He moves at such a phenomenal pace around the tank, not slow and sluggish like normal starfish are.

3. Do you have any problems keeping a starfish happy and thriving in your aquarium?

Me, no I actually am quite surprised that mines still there as happy as Larry after buying him some 6 years ago (I’ve not thought about how old he is until I saw this thread). I know people that struggle with them but they were using a lot of GAK and that pulls all the iron out the water and they need the iron, without it the red fades to pink and the arms start shortening until it’s dead.
 

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I have never attempted to keep anything other then brittle stars and serpent stars, with that said, I have never went without having a few in about 10 years in the hobby.

The more ornamental ones like linkia and fromia have always scared me off so I have never tried. I do not like the idea of buying an animal and not knowing what it eats or that I can provide that food.
 

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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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I had one back in the '70's. He was no problem at all
 

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I have a real starfish! I collected it myself so I’m unsure of the species but he is a joy to have! It’s been 8 months now and he still looks really good.
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Looks kind of like a common star from Florida to me. I have one with four legs (named Quatro). The pictures are pretty cruddy (it made the water look green) and my tanks in need of a top off but I don't have any others right now.
 

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Looks kind of like a common star from Florida to me. I have one with four legs (named Quatro). The pictures are pretty cruddy (it made the water look green) and my tanks in need of a top off but I don't have any others right now.
He’s super cute! Looks like the same guy to me. I took this one home because it has four legs which is why one of them is a little messed up. I hope Quatro does well with you!!
 

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He’s super cute! Looks like the same guy to me. I took this one home because it has four legs which is why one of them is a little messed up. I hope Quatro does well with you!!
Thanks. He's been doing pretty good. About every other week I put him in a cup with some mysis to feed him and he's been great
 

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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..
Sorry! I hate it when my animals dont make it! I thought mine was dead at first and tried to remove multiple days. Scooped him out from under the sand and put in a bowl under the water. He started climbing out! So put him back. Made me very happy! Just stays under the sand most of the time. I've had green brittles before for years. They are neat too! Try again!
 

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I had a blue linkia a few years back , it did amazing. Sold all my live stock when I moved to a friend and it’s still alive.
I plan on adding one again to my new system once it’s “established” more, and maybe a fromia star as well.
Sand sifters are a no go for me, I head they decimate your pod population and with wanted a pair of Mandarins, that want over takes the need for a sand sifting star.
 
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Are you currently housing your most favorite fish ever?

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