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Old 06-01-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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Purple Linckia Star

I recently added a Purple Linckia Star (or so I'm told that's what it is, so who knows). I have noticed from time to time the end of a tentacle will bulb up, then later will be back to normal. The below picture is what I just saw, and I'm not sure if it's waste, or if it's trying to spawn. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 06-02-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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Well, it's back to normal now. Can anyone tell me what it was doing? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-02-2005, 04:18 PM   #3
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I've never seen anything like it but that has to be the most beautiful star I've ever seen! Great color. Post a pic of the whole thing when you get a chance! Enjoy! How long have you had it?

When that bubble stuff goes away at the end of the foot what does it look like? Is it clean and undamaged looking? I would think that if they were going to expel waste that they would do that from their mouth and not a foot. But know *nothing* about stars.
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Old 06-02-2005, 05:47 PM   #4
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Where can I buy a purple or pink linkia? I can only find the blue ones!

How much can I expect to pay... they're reef safe, correct?
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Thanks Phyl. I agree. I've only had it for 3 or 4 days, which is why I would really like to find out what it was doing when I took that picture. If there is something wrong with it, I'd like to try to fix it. However, it seems to be acting perfectly healthy. When I took the first pic, the substance was actually coming out of two of the tentacles. In this attached picture, the tentacles pointing to the 2 o'clock and 7 o'clock positions were the ones that had the substance coming out of them. Right now, as in this pic, you can still see a tiny bit of it still hanging from the 7 o'clock tentacle, which the 2 o'clock tentacle now appears clean and back to normal. I will attach a better pic of the 2 o'clock tentacle in a minute.
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Schoeplein,

See, that's the problem I'm coming across. I still don't know, for a fact, that this IS a Purple Linckia (I've also seen it listed on websites as a "Purple Linkia, as did the LFS... I don't think there is a difference). Most of the research I have done only found that not much is known about them at this time. Also, that commonly, items marked in LFS's as Purple Linckia's, are mis-identified. Yet, none of the websites mentioned an accurate way to tell what I have. All they told me is that it needs to be acclimated very slowly (I dripped for over 5 hours to be on the safe side). It was pretty inexpensive, considering it's beauty. I bought it for $33, and then got 20% off of that w/ a coupon the LFS was running. They also, assumed it was reef safe, but I think mainly b/c it isn't a "knobby" star.

Hopefully, someone can help me out here.
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The size and shape determine what kind of star it is. Pretty sure it fits under the "linkia" section.... now where to buy one.

I want a pink one!
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Looks like a Tamaria stria, often sold as a "purple linkia" or sometimes burgundy.

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Thanks... Any idea on how to tell the difference, or what that crap was coming out of his arm?
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I don't know how to tell the difference in linkia species but, the leg looks like your star is beginning to melt. I had a blue one do it. I believe what you are seeing is it's suction cups. Mine did this for almost two weeks before the limb turned white and the entire star went bad and died. I can't be sure that's what it is, just giving you a heads up. Sorry it's not better news and hopefully I am wrong but, I'd watch him closely.
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