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Old 10-10-2008, 12:12 AM   #11
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The mesh is a hard plastic. Its rather tightly attached to the box It may have squeezed underneath the plastic mesh if so it would have been an extremely tight squeeze. That or it crawled over it. I don't know but its happened twice without any harm to the starfish.

Also I am concerned that if I put a fine mesh over the u-tube that it would collect debree and also plug or block the water flow. If I put a fine mesh over the top of the box how would I attach it and if the starfish crawled into it then it wouldn't be effective and also would leave the starfish exposed to air for a long period. If I cut eggcrate how would I attach it. And if the starfish crawled onto the eggcrate it would also be stuck exposed to air.
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I agree with Zagz, it looks flexible.....try the egg crate and make sure it sticks above the water. It looks like your star doesn't like your tank and wants in the sump! LOL! BTW, what is in your sump?
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:17 AM   #13
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How do I attach the eggcrate to the box effectively?? My sump has live rock rubble and chaeto in the fuge with some live rock chunks in the skimmer zone. There isn't a Starfish in Heat or anything LOL
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I think super glue gel would work perfectly (on the outside of the over flow). From your pics, I think your star is going over the top of it.
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:52 AM   #15
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I agree with Scott. To make things simple, or not, I would make a cover and/or frame out of eggcrate and can be attached by ziptieing to the mesh or drilling small holes in the inner chamber to ziptie the eggcrate. I would frame around the entire section to barrier the starfish from exiting the tank as well (judging from pic). On the center portion of the overflow (where it sits on the tank frame) I would make a wall that extends at least 4" vertically with at least a 2" overhang towards the main tank. So basically the starfish would have to play 'cliffhanger' completely out of water in order to escape. I'd give it a reef cookie if it accomplished such a feet.
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I think that whatever you can do to create a complete covering whether it be egg crate or a flexible mesh would keep the starfish from making the leap.
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I will figure out something I guess I am just mind boggled that it even happened. Dissasembing my overflow and not having my sump running for a while while the super glue dries is not only going to be a pain in the rear but I am wondering if my pods in my fuge will die along with some of the live rock causing a cycle. The glue would need at least overnight before it dried I would assume.

And If I cover the overflow I wonder if the starfish may just crawl on top of it and over it falling onto the floor??
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Superglue gel dries in a few mins and can be put right in the water. No need to wait overnight.
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Ya know, those stars find themselves in strange places...kinda like the fish that shows up in the sump.....Tricky!
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Hmmmmm......Get rid of the starfish?
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