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Old 10-28-2002, 04:10 PM   #1
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Harliquin shrimp

does anyone know of a place on the internet that has really cheap starfish that i can use for feeders for my harliquin shrimp. preferably chocalate chip starfish. also, will they eat brittle stars? i know there rather cheap also. 6 dollars is the best price i found on chocalates. that was www.saltwaterfish.com. i dunno what it would be after shipping. i also check my lfs, hes looking into it. i have a ten gallon that im going to keep them in. a feeder tank.
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Old 10-28-2002, 05:02 PM   #2
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Your LFS should be able to get them for you for that ($6.00), that is about the going rate, and shipping will kill you on one starfish. If the star is healthy it will probably last the shrimp about month, so buying more than one would require another tank. Choclate chip stars are not reef safe, and the star will be alive and feeding on your reef while the shrimp is riding around feeding on the star IMO, harlequins prefer a star more like the linckia, the softer skin and that body style. I have heard of people using harlequins to reduce the number of small stars similar to this one..



You might could find several of these on some LR and add them to your tank, they will naturally reproduce and add a continual food source for your shrimp, and if the small star goes south quick, there is less chance of fouling the tank. Not real sure if it's feasable, but it is just a thought.
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how bout keeping two chocalates in a ten gallon and just feeding a leg at a time. They regenerate right? ive also heard that linkias melt once they been chewed on. much messier that chocalates.
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There is really no way that a harlequin shrimp could eat the leg of a choclate chip starfish, before it began to decompose and foul the tank. As for the Linckias, when I had my harlequin shrimp, I used to get really good deals on blue linckias (I paid $3.00 ea), they surely would begin to melt within days of being put in the tank, that was until I learned that linckias have to be acclimated very slowly. They are extremely sensitive to changes in salinity and temperature, once I began drip acclimating the linckias to the tank over 5-6 hours, the incidence of melting reduced tremendously. The shrimp would eat one star over the course of 3-4 weeks.
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Old 10-28-2002, 07:20 PM   #5
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I just wanted to state this for the record as I can see people coming across this thread and wondering why on earth are we talking about feeding a star fish to a shrimp and the star is still alive.

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Harlequin shrimps natural diet is live star fish. They will as described slowly pick at the starfish starting with its legs and working its way to the center disk. While this appears cruel its natural. Many Harlequins do not accept prepared or even frozen foods. So keeping one will require it to be feed with star fish.
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what if you dont have 5 hours to acclimate feeders, is there any other reef safe choices?
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very interesting . thank you very much. now, where can i get cheap blue linkias?
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I can't help you there...when I was getting them for my harlequin, I was working for a LFS, I was doing all the purchasing, I got mine at wholesale cost.
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i thought i would bring up this old thread to share my first feeding experience. i called the man i bought the tank from and asked him how he was able to feed the harliquins with chocalate chip stars in a reef tank. they did exactly what he told me. they contain the star so it will not roam the tank. they pulled it in a hole and i never seen the star again. so now, from experience i am totally confident in feeding the shrimp chocalate stars.
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