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Old 05-21-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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being overtaken by white starfish!

Well, I've had my tank up and running for almost two years now I guess, but this is a new problem. Tiny white mal-shaped starfish are everywhere--especially on the glass. They fall off when I clean the glas but several hours later they're all over it again.

And the weird thing is that I haven't added anything to my tank for the last several months.

Any thoughts?
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:23 PM   #2
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Would these be the stars
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:41 PM   #3
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Although they can be beneficial in small numbers, population explosions can wreak havoc on corals, macro's etc...
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:46 PM   #4
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More than likely they are the ones that Kansei showed you. I have hundreds in my tank and they never have been a problem. I give them away to people and they have never had a problem either. They are good glass cleaners. IMO they are reef safe even though there are some types that are not but they are rare.
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You know, looking at the picture--mine look flatter and not as chubby, and whiter too. But it's got to be the same things.

Thanks for the help.

I am a little worried now about the coral nipping, however
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I dont think you have anything to worry about. Mine are white and not as brown as the picture one and I have no problem what so ever. I dont think you will either. The one that eats corals is very rare.
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:26 PM   #7
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Just make sure you keep an eye on their populations. As with anything in this world, once their resources are used up they move onto other things
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how did you get them? and what do they eat? i would think they would eat the alage like other star fish.
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That`s what mine do frogspawn. In the morning I`ll have many on the glass eating the trash on the back or side glass. Here is a pic of them on the glass.
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I have the same stars they started about 2 month ago. I moved 1 over to my nano to see if it will populate that tank too.
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