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Old 04-09-2014, 08:37 AM   #1
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Best starfish for coral

I want a startfish so bad but I want coral so I want to know what starfish is the best for me I have a 25 gallon love sand and live rock
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IMO/IME starfish don't do well in closed systems.
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love sand? what is that.

anyways i'm assuming you don't want the small brittle starfish that usually gets introduced into the tank via live rock. there's some luck in getting linkia sea star and sand sifting sea star provided that you have a well established tank and if the available food runs out you have to manually put food underneath them so that their mouth can reach the food. i have a serpent sea star that's almost 2 feet long measuring from one tip of the arms to the opposite side of the arm. it's omnivorous so it will eat anything. but if your tank is new, i wouldn't recommend it. just be cautious with any starfish because if it dies in the tank, you're asking for headache.
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love sand? what is that.

anyways i'm assuming you don't want the small brittle starfish that usually gets introduced into the tank via live rock. there's some luck in getting linkia sea star and sand sifting sea star provided that you have a well established tank and if the available food runs out you have to manually put food underneath them so that their mouth can reach the food. i have a serpent sea star that's almost 2 feet long measuring from one tip of the arms to the opposite side of the arm. it's omnivorous so it will eat anything. but if your tank is new, i wouldn't recommend it. just be cautious with any starfish because if it dies in the tank, you're asking for headache.

Oh sorry I meant i love coral
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Oh sorry I meant i love coral
oops you did it again. i think you meant live sand
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Oh yea lol smart phones aren't that smart
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You can successfully keep some of the large brittle stars rather than the seastars (aka starfish). Brittle stars are scavenger type and can be directly fed, so they don't end up starving or eating coral like most seastars.
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Yep, a brittle star or serpent star are your best bets. regular linkia's and other star fish of that type are either not reef safe or very hard to maintain.
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I have around 4 or 5 big serpent stars , red , green , gray, tan

there fun to watch crawling through the rocks

but really fast if trying to catch them

the green ones are really not reef safe they eat everything and anything they get a hold of

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Yep, a brittle star or serpent star are your best bets. regular linkia's and other star fish of that type are either not reef safe or very hard to maintain.

I was un-aware that linkias are considered not reef safe, why do you say that?
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