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Old 10-18-2015, 12:15 AM   #11
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I guess if there's no harm in having a few I'll leave them. Glad to knowits a good sign for the tank. I've only had it set up for about a year and a half now

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Bumble bee shrimp will eat them for their suction cups, but they also accept meaty foods. The only problem is that they are so small, the shrimp rarely get an inch long, so most of them get eaten by other tank inhabitants (like that condy anemone)
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bumble bee shrimp will be eaten by any fish over a inch in size don't waist your money .
some of these stars are safe but some like to eat soft coral and lps , These little stars may look cute but multiply like rabbits , the best creature to remove these little annoying stars is your siphon hose just suck them out and dump them in a garden preferably a vegetable garden as salt water and these little stars make good nutrient rich soil for next years garden
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In my experience, it's not the color of the asterina that makes it a coral eater or not, it's timing and environmental changes. You could keep thousands of them for years in a coral packed tank and they may touch nothing, until all of the sudden, one day they may be munching on palys. It may never happen, but as stated, they are easy enough to remove if the need arises.
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Do you think all asterisk stars are the same species, or is there a variety of types? Is your theory that they change life style based on environmental factors? Interesting.


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There may be a variety of types, but the ones in my systems have been many different colors- some white, some gray, some multicolored...and they all decided to become carnivorous in an instant, all at the same time. It had to be environmental.
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And I agree with Doug. I do not keep my back glass clean. And the majority of asternia stars stay on that back glass eating the trash that is on it.
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