Two nights ago, I added a basket starfish to my tank. He was a beautiful, healthy looking star, with arms a good eigth to nine inches long. I thawed some mysis shrimp and target fed him a couple hours after acclimating him and adding him to the tank. To all appearances he seemed to be eating just fine. Last night when I came home from work, I was suprised to find him squirming about on the rock I placed him on, instead of curled up in a ball like I expected since the lights were on. However he didn't appear unhealthy so I left him alone. Then I got home today....
Sometime while I was at work he decided to fall apart. I looked in the tank and found him scattered about his corner in pieces. On his body, around the stubs of his arms I found a white tissue like substance. Some of his arms that "came off" are in several peices while a couple others are whole. And all the pieces are squirming around at the bottom of the tank. Any help at all is very much appreciated!
Oh, and it is possible he was attacked but I find it unlikely. The only fish I have currently are a chocolate perc, a lyretailed chromis, and a spotted mandarin.
I took the road less traveled. Now where the heck am I?!