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Old 04-03-2006, 10:23 PM   #1
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Good Star For My Reef?

I went to my lfs today and saw a small sand sifter star, I've read that they do a great job of cleaning your substrate , Can I get one for my 20gal reef ?
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I`m just afraid that he`ll sift your tank too much and get rid of small life in the sand in that small of a tank. That`s just IMO
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^^ Agree, I've read they need a large tank, 125+ to be best taken care of. I would look more towards Nassarius Snails and Scarlett hermits for sifting your sandbed!
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Thanks for the info , yea I just read "They can eat an incredible amount of food for a small star, and individual stars have been found with as many as 70 brittle stars in their stomach at one time! " This sentance alone kills my idea of getting one , But are there any other small stars that I can put in my reef? How bout a orange star
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Agree. I think a serpent would be a better choice.
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It takes a large tank with a mature sandbed to successfully keep one of these. Your tank is really too small for one.There are brittle stars and serpent stars that will be ok in that size tank.

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I think I'd go with a brittle star also because I've heard that the orange and blue stars are hard to keep. They are really cool though!
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I tried keeping a blue linkia a while back and it didn't do well at all. Died in about 2 weeks and I still have no idea why. There was nothing wrong with my water. I've since added a sandsifter and he's been doing great for a few months now. He really does a good job. I used to worry that my 50 gallon wasn't going to support him. He never accepts anything that I try to spot feed him so I guess he's doing fine on his own. He was missing part of one arm when I got him (couldn't complain since a guy at the LFS gave him to me) and that has even started to grow back. I still have a crushed coral substrate in that tank, so I'm really glad to have him
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I did a brittle star in my 10 gallon tank. I feed him raw shrimp one time a week.
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