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Old 02-08-2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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I would put the starfish right next to him. It will keep it from going anywhere even if it's not hungry (if you go that route). 3 weeks was too long for the harlequin I had in a 150 gallon.
I would suggest one starfish a week, or maybe trade it to other reef keepers in your area that have an abundance of stars.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:46 PM   #12
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I love my harlequin, I keep my chocolate chips in the sump, and just cut a leg off when I see him. He always comes to the same corner when he is hungry may not be worth it to some, but I love mine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:51 PM   #13
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I love my harlequin, I keep my chocolate chips in the sump, and just cut a leg off when I see him. He always comes to the same corner when he is hungry may not be worth it to some, but I love mine.
Great! yes, everyone knows the legs grow back.. So i assume you could cycle between stars
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I`ve had them in my tank for 15 yrs now and they have never damaged a coral. They will be OK in the tank.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #15
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I agree with Mr. X, I feed mine once a week just about. I keep one in the back chamber of my cube. It gets expensive though.
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Great! yes, everyone knows the legs grow back.. So i assume you could cycle between stars
It takes about 6 months for a leg to grow back. You would need a lot of starfish to pull this off.
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It takes about 6 months for a leg to grow back. You would need a lot of starfish to pull this off.
Again Mr. X is spot on. Before investing in onesie sure you know the whole deal. There a lot of work IMO and when there put its feeding time! I don't see mine unless she's Hungary.



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There are two types of those little stars.. Im not sure what the color difference is.. But one is fully safe.. While the other one eats all your coraline.. If you let it go. They will multply worse than i seen in your picture,, my lfs is picking them out by hand every time they see one. But they leave the other ones alone.. I think the bad ones have a grey patch on them... Dont quote me on the color.. But maybe look it up and see what you can find..
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There are two types of those little stars.. Im not sure what the color difference is.. But one is fully safe.. While the other one eats all your coraline.. If you let it go. They will multply worse than i seen in your picture,, my lfs is picking them out by hand every time they see one. But they leave the other ones alone.. I think the bad ones have a grey patch on them... Dont quote me on the color.. But maybe look it up and see what you can find..
There are many types actually, and you would need around a million to eat a tank void of coralline algae, if in fact they do eat it. I don't have any evidence of this and seeing that I have to use a steel blade to remove coralline, and I haven't seen something as effective in a starfish's mouth, I have a hard time believing it.
The ones in my tank are eating diatoms and assorted macro algae thus far.
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My LFS has them. And they pointed out spots on the rock that the purple stuff was disappearing.. I'll ask them tomorrow when I go in there. I know he pulls them out daily...
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