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Old 01-31-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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Sand sifting starfish and green star polyp

I have a sand sifting star fish that's loosing his legs and I don't know what to do. I have a 20 gallon tank and all params are good I'm not sure if its starvation being eaten or I changed te rocks around a couple weeks ago and maybe I trapped him under a rock and he lost them to escape. Do you think he will recover or should I donate him to someone with a bigger tank so he could find
More food?

Also I have a green star polyp that was doing amazing and grown on anything it could reach then it just started to open less polyps every day and now there's only 2 polyps open. The Matt is still deep purple I'm not sure to try move it or add something?

My tank is a 20 gallon reef with fish.
Alk- 11.2
Calcium- 500
Mag - 1350
Nitrates-5
Phosphates-0.01
Ph- 8 ( I've never been able to get this higher than 8 for some reason)
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:51 PM   #2
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Do you feed him? Ca is a little high...
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I don't feed him Becase I have a orange spot goby that constantly eats anything that hits the sand so don't really know how to fees him
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Id say its starvation. I dont know about the GSP... How everything else look?
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Everything else is doing well I have a torch coral that has doubled in size in like 2 weeks but they out this brown stringy stuff the other day but has opened up even bigger since. Pulsing Xenia that got to big so I had to take cuttings and sell to lfs and a jasmine polyp that's doing well and growing on the glass. I have some blue stripped mushrooms but they have never really opened up properly not sure if lights to strong or something. I don't know much about mushrooms. This is y first tank and only had it since September.
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Hmm thats strange. I am having the same issue with zoas right now. They are only half a$$ open most of the time...
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GSP will do better up higher

they like lots of light and high flow

mine looked like that till I moved it up


the star looks like its starving try dropping him a chunk of shrimp
how old is your tank they need a established tank so they can sift for food in sand
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My tanks 5 months old. I will try to move the gsp but it'll be difficult as its attached itself to everything around it. I have 2 sand sifters and the other one looks fine. After doing research online I am we'll annoyed at the fish shop I got them from as they knew the size of my tank and didn't advise me that that tanks to small for one let alone 2. I might donate the other one before he suffers the same fate as the staving one.
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What lighting do you have?
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