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Old 05-31-2004, 10:33 AM   #1
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Serpant star question

I just received a "lavender serpant star" in my lr order form lr.com and it was missing part of 1 leg when I opened the box. But now I have a strange thing going on in my tank. This is a 30 long, live sand and live rock. NO FISH, and no critters other than what came on the rock. My star fish is either 1. spliting right down the middle, or 2. being eaten right down the middle by some unseen culprit. 8O It seemes to have started with a small hole in his middle looked like a pellet hole when I first saw it to give you an idea of what it looked like, I got my rock on Thursday. Any ideas?
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Mine did the same thing...but i later found out that it had gotten stuck to a p/h. Any crabs or any inverts in the tank?

How long did you acclimate it? Stars in general need excessive acclimation to do well.
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I have never had a brittle star, but I know they can reproduce asexually by division. A whole new organism will regenerate from the split disc and legs. I don't know how common this is in home aquariums though....
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If its just after the star has been acclimated, there are other more likely (but less pleasant) things that could be happening. I hope its reproducing, but wouldnt guess that it is.

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Well it had been out of the water for almost 20 hrs (there was water in the bag but I'm not sure he was in the water). So as far as aclimation there was none, I was more worried about getting him back into the water.

No PH's

Some crabs but what I saw was very small.

On a side note, it does not seem to be suffering, It moves about the tank just like all serpant stars I have seen.

I don't know what's going on but if it's dividing how long would it tank?
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I'm not sure how long it takes for them to divide, but as far as it moving around.....when mine got stuck to the power head, it had 75% of the meat pulled off the center disk and it would still roam the tank.
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I just went out and checked on it and it was hiding behind a rock. So to see what was going on I moved the rock, and it took off like a rocket. Whatever is going on it wants to be left alone.
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Thats a good sign thats its moving that fast.
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Thats a good sign thats its moving that fast
That's what I thought. I'd hate to see it die, I got it, a brittle star, and a little brittle star all out of my lr.com order.
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