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Old 03-19-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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Bio load

Is adding a starfish considered part of the bio load? Can I add 2 fish and a star in the same day?

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Old 03-19-2011, 11:58 PM   #2
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What type of stars are you thinking? Unless you are target feeding it then it's not going to impact the bio load much. I have a large green serpent that I feed shrimp, I believe his billows is more than anything else in the tank! But regular brittles would be a good addition, good scavengers, depending on your tank size adding two at once won't cause a problem. Just be sure not to expose the stars to air when you put them in.

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Old 03-20-2011, 12:00 AM   #3
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What type of stars are you thinking? Unless you are target feeding it then it's not going to impact the bio load much. I have a large green serpent that I feed shrimp, I believe his billows is more than anything else in the tank! But regular brittles would be a good addition, good scavengers, depending on your tank size adding two at once won't cause a problem. Just be sure not to expose the stars to air when you put them in.

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iim a fw guy but ive heard that before not to expose stars to air is there a big reason as to not do that?

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It can basically kill them, air gets trapped in there pores (can't think of a better description.

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so it's like a giant air zit that kills them?

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Haha gross! Well I have a green serpent star in there but I want a red brittle. The serpent is really slow, and doesn't move around much. I was kinda hoping for one that's a little more active in scavenging in the rocks and such

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ive heard some brittles are active but shy correct me if im wrong

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I have a huge pink brittle who's very active, but stays hidden unless under the moonlight.
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I have a huge pink brittle who's very active, but stays hidden unless under the moonlight.
I have blue n orange brittle.. Those two are all over the tank at all times... but prefer to front glass... They really dont hide.... They do pretty good job keeping it clean ... Here's a pic

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those aren't brittle stars. those are linckia stars. we still aren't sure what they eat. they do need large, well established, tanks to survive.
the same goes for fromia stars.

brittle stars are much hardier than the linckias. brittles will accept meaty foods from your hand. it's true that they hide most of the time though...you might see a leg sticking out here and there, unless you coax it out with some food.
great scavengers too.
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