Taking the Asterina risk!?

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Asterina, friend or foe!

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I found 3 Asterinas in my refugium. After hours of reading R2R and watching videos, we decided to move them to the display tank. Are we crazy or stupid or both!? They are a 6 legged variety. White with kind of dark spots towards center on top.

we figure if they start messing with coral, it’ll be an excuse to get a Harlequin Shrimp until he runs out of food and we have to give him away.

Wish us luck soldiers!

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Good luck and keep us posted. I'm sure you'll have a lot more before you know it. ;-) I can't speak to whether they bother anything but I know the few tanks I have seen in person with these guys you could hardly see through the glass there were so many of them. :)
 
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Good luck and keep us posted. I'm sure you'll have a lot more before you know it. ;-) I can't speak to whether they bother anything but I know the few tanks I have seen in person with these guys you could hardly see through the glass there were so many of them. :)
Oh jeeze haha
 

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I have so many of those deformed stars that I'm looking into getting a handicap sticker for the tank.

They haven't bothered anything.
Ya, what is with their mutated look? Do they mostly reproduce by splitting? They always look wonky to me!
 

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I have asterinas that look like that and they seem to congregate on areas with film algae. Never seen them bother coral. I've heard some eat zoas but I think it's a particular variety that's less common.
 

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I found 3 Asterinas in my refugium. After hours of reading R2R and watching videos, we decided to move them to the display tank. Are we crazy or stupid or both!? They are a 6 legged variety. White with kind of dark spots towards center on top.

we figure if they start messing with coral, it’ll be an excuse to get a Harlequin Shrimp until he runs out of food and we have to give him away.

Wish us luck soldiers!

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Dont do it.
I lost the only zoa colony ive ever lost and could not understand why. One night, I had to turn on lights in room and took a double when I found pair of asterina below who at over 100 heads of my bam Bam.
removed them and back to about 55 heads.
These got to size of a nickel

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Asexual propagation. Basically they spread by splitting themselves or losing a leg, regrowing both parts into two starfish.
+1 to this - it’s called fissiparous reproduction, and they look funny as a result of the difference between the still fully grown leg(s) and the new/regrowing legs. It’s a common reproduction method for some bigger starfish too (such as some Linckia species and Echinaster luzonicus). They frequently look funny too as a result.
 

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+1 to this - it’s called fissiparous reproduction, and they look funny as a result of the difference between the still fully grown leg(s) and the new/regrowing legs. It’s a common reproduction method for some bigger starfish too (such as some Linckia species and Echinaster luzonicus). They frequently look funny too as a result.
This is how I ended up with a pair of harlequin serpent stars-- one with three legs one with two. I'm sure they would have regrown eventually...but they were like this for at least a year!
 

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It is their main method of reproduction, but they do reproduce sexually too.
I always wondered how they reproduced so quickly. I went to a fellow reefers house to buy some corals and the first thing he said was "don't ever put these in your tank". He joked that he started with a couple and suddenly they just exploded in number. His was one of the tanks you could hardly see through the glass. All you could see were wonky legged asterinas. Haha.
 
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