Thanks for the links. After viewing the info, I'm pretty convinced that what I have is, in fact, a purple linkia.. Or possibly a "violet" linkia, since the picture they had of a purple one was more of a reddish color than mine, but it may have just been the picture lighting. There were a few posts that sounded somewhat similar to the problem I'm having, except w/ a few key differences. The stuff that is coming out of it is only coming from the tips of a couple arms. After the stuff is expelled, the arm returns to normal and the rest of the star appears completely healthy.
However, every question/problem posted on that website ended with the same result... A dead starfish. I wouldn't mind finding a website that boasts a successful tank adaptation!...lol. I still have no idea what it is that is coming out of the tips of the arms, I just want to do what I can to increase its chances if there is something wrong. It seems that after an arm grazes over a portion of the LR
, that arm is the next to expel whatever this stuff is. Am I being naive and too optomistic by hoping that he just takes big dumps?..lol.