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Old 02-24-2011, 06:49 PM   #11
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When they are starving they will surface and bend up like a horseshoe (they do this sometimes without being hungry though) but will stay this way for a long long long period of time. It is very rare for them to die. If you do not see him for a week at a time then you may have a problem. They surface fairly frequently and even take swims around the tank and LR. Mine have been at the top of the tank on the inside of the aquarium. They are cool to watch and have for your sand. For $12 cant go wrong.
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Great! What should I do if it does appear to be starving?
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Well it takes months before they starve to begin with. If you have fish that are currently being fed and producing waste they will not starve.

But, if in a month or two you see him starving give him away or bring him back to the LFS. For $12 it is not a huge deal.
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Well they will bury themselves but they also will cruise the top of the sand looking for food. To reduce the risk of it starving if you see it on the sand you could place some food near its arms and it should start moving towards it.. and take the food into its mouth.
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Well they will bury themselves but they also will cruise the top of the sand looking for food. To reduce the risk of it starving if you see it on the sand you could place some food near its arms and it should start moving towards it.. and take the food into its mouth.
You will notice them surface when you are feeding. They have very keen senses when it comes to food. If you are using sinking pellets they will never starve. Your SS and your CUC hit the sunken pellets on the sands surface almost immediately.
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Awesome, they don't sound bad at all! I'll be sure to get one asap
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:40 PM   #17
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Go get her :P

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When they are starving they will surface and bend up like a horseshoe (they do this sometimes without being hungry though) but will stay this way for a long long long period of time. It is very rare for them to die. If you do not see him for a week at a time then you may have a problem. They surface fairly frequently and even take swims around the tank and LR. Mine have been at the top of the tank on the inside of the aquarium. They are cool to watch and have for your sand. For $12 cant go wrong.
Actually, if you do your research on these, you will see that it is not at all uncommon for them to die. In fact, they frequently die in a matter of months as a result of starving to death from having consumed all the available microfauan out of the sandbed. It is extremely rare for them to survive for more than two years. For $12 you can go wrong, these need to be left in the ocean where they can survive long term, not imported into the hobby where they cannot and end up dying of starvation.
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Oh, ok..........then what would you suggest for good sand sifting?
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Actually, if you do your research on these, you will see that it is not at all uncommon for them to die. In fact, they frequently die in a matter of months as a result of starving to death from having consumed all the available microfauan out of the sandbed. It is extremely rare for them to survive for more than two years. For $12 you can go wrong, these need to be left in the ocean where they can survive long term, not imported into the hobby where they cannot and end up dying of starvation.
Now if you were to feed them pellets they wouldnt starve would they or are they in need of more than that?
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