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Old 05-29-2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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Feed tiny starfish to anemones?

I've got dozens and dozens of tiny starfish - I caught some feeding on my xenia (mowed a path right through the middle).

Rather than just siphon them out with a baster, and toss them (or put them in my fuge) is it safe to feed them to my anemones?
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If I were you I'd toss them and get rid of them asap since they ate some of your xenia, you never know what else they might eat. If you put them in your fuge they would eventually show up in your main tank again. Just get rid of them.
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Agree..... if they ate a coral there gone..
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I agree if the anenome drops a piece they can regrow.
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What type star is it?
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:30 PM   #6
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The fat, tiny, white-ish/grey ones, usually with 5 legs. I've got dozens.
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Are they these.

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Personally I would just toss the stars rather than feed them to the anemone.
If the stars are eating coral and you want to get rid of them, you may want to look into getting a Harlequin shrimp to control/eliminate the population. The only issue is if there are not enough to maintain the shrimp long term, you'll need to supplement it's diet by adding starfish or returning the shrimp.
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Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the Harlequin adult eats the Asternia and the little ones eat Linckias. I have no experience with them, this is just something I read when I saw them eating a Linckia at a LFS.
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I personally dont think it was the seastars if it is the asternia type. They seem too small to mow down some xenia. I`ve never had a problem with them but I`ve never had some xenia either. JMO
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