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Old 12-02-2013, 08:14 AM   #1
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Sandsifting starfish?

Not sure if I've made a mistake by putting this star in my 75 or not... Sandbed is only about 2"
I know there is loads of life in it small brittles everywhere etc... But sand was looking kind of crappy.... Added star on advice of friend.... Now reading it can wipe out live sand bed rather quickly...... Should I trade this thing back in.?.. Will they take supplemental feedings??
Any help appreciated.....
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:07 AM   #2
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I would return it before it runs out of food, but thats just me. lol

They have a tendency to eat everything out of the sandbed then burrow into the sand and die, then rot away leaving you with spikes in ammonia and other parameters.

I went with a huge hermit crab instead of a star, he is about 5 inches or so and turns the sand over really really well. Thats if your sand is in need of cleaning. lol

Good luck.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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Yea thanks that's basically what I've been reading.... Wondering if many have luck feeding meaty bits??
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:52 AM   #4
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I've heard of people putting meaty foods into the sand but I wouldnt count on it being enough. Plus you'll just muck up your water leaving meaty foods to rot.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:15 PM   #5
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I've have had one for a year now in my 55 and he's doing great
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:22 PM   #6
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I also have kept one for over a year in a 20 gallon tank. No issues whatsoever
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:59 PM   #7
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I kept one in my 30 gallon with no issues for a couple years. I have 4" of sand bed for reference.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:55 PM   #8
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Is this brittle stars we are talking about ?
I have a monster black brittle star ,
He is huge !
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #9
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Is this brittle stars we are talking about ? I have a monster black brittle star , He is huge !
No. Sandsifting starfish are different.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:30 AM   #10
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I have had mine a few months over a year in my 55gl. No problems. I was told to take notice when they climb the glass or rock it's a sign the are looking for food. Mine will eat squid occasionally.. If I can get a piece under him without it blowing away or the crabs stealing it!
I was doing some maintenance and accidentally took the tip of one of his legs off but that was weeks ago and he seems fine. I hope I'm able to keep him for many more years! I've heard they don't live long... Seeing 4 years above keeps my hopes up!
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