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Old 06-19-2007, 09:55 AM   #1
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I give up!

My blue linckia starfish has died. I have decided to give up on starfish since this is the second blue star that dies on me. Even though this one lasted longer than the first, I dont want to keep buying them as guinea pigs until i get it right.
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I assume since it's your second you know how to care for them as far as acclimation and not exposing to air. With 120 lbs of lr in a 75 gal you have a good tank for them. IMO I wouldn't give up completely, it could have just been ill when you purchased them.

IME if you give Sea Stars very long 3-4 hour drip acclimations and don't expose to air they are usually very hardy and can forage from the sand/lr with very little additional feedings. (I feed mine a finger nail sized piece of raw shrimp soaked in Selcon once every other week)

I understand if you don't want to try again, it can be very depressing when stock dies and you do everything right.

Out of curiosity could you post your latest water parameter numbers i.e. ph/temp/sg/nh3/no2/no3/alk/ca just to make sure it isn't anything else.
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Old 06-19-2007, 10:46 AM   #3
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I agree with Tec although Linkia starfish have a reputation of being harder to keep then some others. Most people would agree though that acclimation is key here and doing a 3-4 hour drip acclimation and making sure the star isnt exposed to air should be helpful tips.
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Just in case you haven't read about Linkia Sea Stars the INVERTEBRATE NON-COLUMN article by ROB TOONEN is excellent.
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I would suggest you have your LFS order one and wait about a week before you buy it. My LFS had them come in all the time and died. I asked them if it had been subjected to air and they said there was air in the bag (they didn't know that they couldn't be wxposed to the air) and they probably also exposed it to air, while moving it from the bag to the tank.
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Out of curiosity could you post your latest water parameter numbers i.e. ph/temp/sg/nh3/no2/no3/alk/ca just to make sure it isn't anything else.
8.2/78.9/1.024/0/0/0/12/480.

I think i will ask the LFS to order the star next time and wait a bit. Im not sure that i want it just yet. I will see.
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(they didn't know that they couldn't be wxposed to the air) and they probably also exposed it to air, while moving it from the bag to the tank.
Where is this info that they can't be exposed to air? I have looked on the net and have not found any info on this.
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(they didn't know that they couldn't be wxposed to the air) and they probably also exposed it to air, while moving it from the bag to the tank.
Where is this info that they can't be exposed to air? I have looked on the net and have not found any info on this.
I believe it is a safe practice to prolonging the stars life. Not that it cannot be done, it is just not healthy for them.
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Per liveaquaria.com
"It should never be exposed to air while handling"
Here it is, Linckia Stars .
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Yeah. It states that it should never be exposed. It doesnt say it cannot. Either way, i dont expose it to air. i learned from my first experience. but then again, i feel like it didnt matter since it died on me.
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