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Old 06-02-2005, 09:28 PM   #11
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Maybe a Fromia, it looks a lot like my red one.
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Old 06-02-2005, 09:46 PM   #12
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I am by no means a expert but I have read tons on these because I want one myself. The "experts" say they need at least 9 sq. ft. of DSB and minimum 150 gal to sustain 1. From what I have read I would have to agree with Fluff. It is in its early stages of preparing to meet to big starfish in the sky.
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http://www.wetwebmedia.com/stardisfaq2.htm
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/stardisfaq3.htm

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Old 06-02-2005, 10:36 PM   #13
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How to tell them apart can definetaly be a challenge. Could be any of the above suggestion including Linckia guildingi. Not sure if this will help but try this as well.

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...002/toonen.htm

As far as the first pic, it looks much like the star is extending it's digestive gland. Considering it disappeared, I would not think it in danger but may be stressed. If it was beginning to die, they will typically begin getting whitish lesions and simpley melt into nothing.

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Old 06-02-2005, 11:12 PM   #14
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Mine didn't Steve. It's suction cups separated from the body before the white/melt began. And, depending on how the star was on the glass, it looked normal at times. This was a blue linkia though. My orange linkia disintegrated like you explain. With the white lesions.
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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.
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Fluff, pardon the stupid question, but when you say suction cups, would those would be at the end of the tube feet? Whatever this stuff is, it's coming from the inside of the star, being expelled from the tip of where the tube feet end at the very tip of the arm. All of the tube feet, and little bright orange tips (suction cups?) are all still intact and active. Again, maybe it's just wishful thinking...lol.
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Old 06-03-2005, 09:30 AM   #17
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The suction cups run along the arm underneath. If your looking at the star on the glass, they are really obvious. I've tried twice with linkias and lost both. But, neither had stuff protruding from the very tips so, perhaps it's something else. I did have some success with an orange one but never seen this behavior if it is expelling waste. My orange one was normal for months before it decided it was tired of living.
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As beautiful as they are, and as much as I'd love to own one I'm not really seeing a strong case here for making such a purchase. I'm surprised that there isn't as much nay saying on the purchase of these as there is on Goniopora. Seems they're equally destined for an untimely demise.

I really hope that you're seeing waste and not loss of life in progress. Do keep us updated. I'm interested in hearing how he fares.
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I have a choc. chip star that had a clear mucousy substance coming out of one of his feet when i first put him in my tank. It went away within three days, and I haven't seen it since. HTH.
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