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Old 05-17-2005, 11:18 PM   #1
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I want a starfish what is reef safe that lives?

After my bad experience with my red star fish I'm looking for something to replace it. My tank is small. 24g. What will be happy and is reef safe? Preferably something that doesn't die in the first day.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:49 PM   #2
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Brittle and serpant stars are very hardy starfish and a great addition to any reef tank.
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Old 05-17-2005, 11:53 PM   #3
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I have a serpent I like him very well my kids call him the octupus. He only comes out at night. I really wanted something that stays out all the time. I am thinking maybe a brittle.
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I have a orange linka (I think thats what it is) it is about 4" around...hes out all the time and adds a lot of color. Have had him about 3 months.
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I've had an orange (red) linkia for about three months - she stays off the corals, and moves all over the glass day and night. I've been told that they are algae/slime eaters and filter feeders. I haven't had to feed her anything special, so they are pretty easy. Make sure you acclimate any starfish correctly - makes all the difference in the world.
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Old 05-18-2005, 08:31 AM   #6
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I was wondering about a linka I wanted to make sure it was safe. Thank you.
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I have a couple of these linkia multifloras.

http://www.reefermadness.us/RMD-Linckia_multiflora.htm

I highly recommend them. They acclimate easy, are VERY hardy, and multiply like crazy. I currently have 3 arms that have nearly completed new linkias. Im waiting to build up a supply of them so i can get a pair of harlequins. They are totally reef safe.
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Originally Posted by ZoozFishMaster
Brittle and serpant stars are very hardy starfish and a great addition to any reef tank.
Ditto
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I've read that linkias are hard maintenance, but from what I'm reading here I guess not...I might sign up for a blue one in the future!!
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I might sign up for a blue one in the future!!
Actually, I think the blue and red linkia are harder to keep personally. The key thing is the acclimation. When you get your linkia, float the bag the entire drip, and then drip the thing at about 1DPS until the bag tests out identical to your system. I dripped mine for about 6.5 hours.
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