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Old 10-25-2004, 09:01 PM   #1
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BLUE STARFISH?

I got a blue star fish from my LFS this sat. and today it died. My water is fine so what gives are they hard to keep. I acclimated him for 1.5 hrs. Not sure what the deal is
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IME Blue linkia's are hard to keep. Sometimes it doesnt matter how much trouble you go to they wont make it.
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Old 10-25-2004, 09:06 PM   #3
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Linkias are tough. I had one that seemed fine for about a month... then one day I just couldn't find it anymore...
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My LFS said he will give me another one but is it a waste of my time or would you try another ( this one is on him ) :P
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How old is your tank? what are the nitrate levels and SG? A young tank, tank with too high a level of Nitrates or a tank where the specific gravity fluctuates will have little to no chance of keeping the linkia, IMO.

So to be fair to the starfish, I would tell your LFS, "thanks for the offer, but could I try something a little more hearty thats about the same value?"
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General Starfish are easy to keep, so are Chocolate chip if you dont have any corals.
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Yeah your right i'll do that. My nitrates are like almost undetectable. But the tank is only 2 months old
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Why cant you have corals with thoes stars?
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if you don't have one already, look for a nice black brittle starfish (not green). They can get quite large and are fairly hearty. I've had mine since I set up the tank 2 years ago. If you streatched out his legs, he'd probably be about a foot across.
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The Chocolate Chip will eat anything it parks over including soft corals. I've heard that the General will do the same, but mine doesnt touch corals.
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