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Old 11-05-2004, 04:39 PM   #11
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Apparently, I need a "larger, well-matured reef tank" to be able to sustain the echunaster. My tank is only 40G, and is 7months old. And, I dont have much rock (soon to change, along with soft corals being added) and none of it was bought as live (just basrock).

Apparently "They feed primarily from algae film and bacterial slime so a smaller tank would not be able sustain it long term. Generally speaking a larger (100+ gal) system loaded with LR would be a better option for this star and similar species."

(quoted from steve s :P)
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Old 11-05-2004, 04:47 PM   #12
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Seriously, the star will add nothing substantial to your bioload.... I reckon. (better?)
You'll be fine with this little guy.
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And, reefrunner: "The thing about these stars is feeding them, you gotta know what they eat. It looks like a linckia to me, and linckias eat bacteria and bacterial slime, they need a tank of no less than 100g full of mature LR. If you can provide this, one star should do fine after proper acclimation."
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This is definitely not a Linckia. I am not even willing to try one of those in my system. I've seen both and if the one you saw is the same as what I have, it is not a Linckia.
From what I understand, they can take meaty food too. I have just never offered mine any. I put her in there when the tank was pretty new(not knowing better) and she has been fine.
Maybe I'm wrong( or just lucky), just sharing my experience with this star.
If you want, start another thread, link to my picture and get some other opinions. If you do that, I have another picture I could add to your thread.
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Old 11-05-2004, 04:56 PM   #15
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Okie, cool...

I'm tempted :P
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Old 11-05-2004, 05:08 PM   #16
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Sorry leafyseadragon, we highjacked this thread pretty good.
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lol, we did... sorry :P
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Old 11-05-2004, 07:52 PM   #18
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No big deal, I was picking up plenty of info reading along.
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Old 11-06-2004, 12:58 AM   #20
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Okay, back to my thread. Can anyone tell me how to distinguish between the Orange Sea Star (Echunaster) and the Orange Linckia? The starfish at the LFS were on the glass, so all I saw were the tube feet against the glass.

The LiveAquaria page on the Echunaster says that tablets can be placed under the starfish for supplementary food. Does anyone actually do this, and is it effective?
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