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Old 09-03-2015, 08:23 PM   #11
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How much and often do you feed? If the export of nutrients can't keep up with the input of them this can be part of what is going on. How big of water changes do you do weekly?
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It could have been that it finally ran out of food. That would be my first guess since it's been in the tank for a long time. It might have taken a while for it's food supply to totally diminish.
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We know there is a problem but haven't been able to isolate it. We have had coral and anemones die, and a few fish along the way. We have had the water analyzed several times, replaced all the bulbs with new. As far as I know no one has used any chemicals to clean the glass. Water changes are done regularly. Hmmmm, I guess we just keep searching. No doubt it needs just the right tweak and we haven't found it yet. Thank you all for your help.

Not sure I'm reading this right or not , you said you had water analyzed
Does that mean you don't have a test kit , if not I highly recommend you get one,
having a test kit handy helps you see whats wrong on the spot not (oh maybe I'll get there Friday mean while it may be Monday) don't take that personal it was a example , waiting to find out whats not right can be a big mistake , nothing saltwater is cheap no one needs to loose anything
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Old 09-04-2015, 12:43 AM   #14
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The water quality in the tank has been pretty stable every time we have checked it. We have done that two or three times since the starfish arms started getting shorter. No exposure to air either. I can do another water analysis but in the past that has not seemed to be a problem.

Can't really help with out numbers. But I was thinking along the same line as Mr X, stars can be difficult to keep long term as there are several species that we don't know for certain what they eat.


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Being a keeper of stars over the years, my guess would be what MR X said. They eat microbes in the tank and once they are gone then they starve to death and then fall apart.
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A picture would be helpful. Have a good weekend!
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I finally was able to get a good photo of my sick starfish but I can't figure out how to upload it to this reply. Sorry to be so dense but it is asking me for the URL of my photo and I don't have a URL for it. It is in a file in my computer. If someone can tell me how to upload it I will post it so you can see the starfish.
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Ok I posted three photos of my sick starfish in my profile. I am not sure how this works but I assume anyone can go to my profile and look at them. He is in pretty bad shape but he just keeps going.
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