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: 77 10.3%
  • I plan to add one in the future

    Votes: 148 19.7%
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ThRoewer

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Any chance I can buy some from you? I have a couple in my reef tank, but would love to seed some other tanks with them too.
I need them to feed my Harlequin shrimps. But if you already have some it's just waiting. They reproduce quite well in pretty much every tank.
 

cryptodendrum

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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 have at hundreds of thousands of mini brittle stars and asterinas. And much to our surprise, a few of the mini brittle stars grew into 3-4 very large brown brittle stars over the decades, which are still thriving in my tanks.
 

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Awesome,

what type is it? has it been eating for you? Very Jealous!
I had no idea other than I saw it on mile high reefers i bought mine 6 months ago and i have no clue what its eating but my hunch is bio film also i did some reaserch and it is the Galapagos blue star or phataria unifascialis i know there extremley rare and expensive (i paid 60$ and he only has 4 legs)
 

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I have a brittle sea star I got as part of my clean up crew. Definitely one of my favorite things in my tank! It has done quite well since I got it about 5 months ago. It is probably looking forward to going in my new 30 gallon tank once it is set up (currently in my 10 gallon starter tank).
 

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I have a blue linka that I have in my tank for 10 years and still going strong.
How big is your tank? We feed our own homemade multi seafood with supplements die at and our tank is stable and thriving. It’s a 125 rated but about 90 actual gallons between DT and sump volume. I have ordered a blue maxima and after reading some of the posts am afraid I’ve made a terrible mistake. Your post gives me hope
 

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I had a chocolate chip star in my FOWLR tank, fed him clams from the grocery store. After a time, I had a field of very clean clam shells scattered all over the substrate. I'd like to try some brittle stars in the reef tank I'm in the process of setting up now.
 

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I have maybe 2 or 3 tattered asternias. the shrimp in the tank make a blood sport of the stars some times I see asternina with 1 leg barely hanging lol.
 
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So what do you think about running carbon as a filter for your aquariums?

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