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Old 04-12-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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Best choice/preference of starfish for a reef tank?

I currently have one, med-large brittle star who stays pretty hidden during the day but is fascinating nonetheless when feeding. Wondering, what would be a good choice for a more colorful, visible starfish in my 55 gal reef? Thanks all.
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Red Fromia I think is supposed to be reef safe. The linkia stars are as well but some are difficult to keep. The blue linkia has an abyssmal rate of survival.
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Linkia and sandsifting are the only ones I know of. Sandsifters eat pods, not really a good choice. I have one, he doesnt bug the mandarin, but the pod population suffers from him presence.
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Blue Linkia starfish are known to be reef safe but are very hard to keep. They need a day long drip acclimation, and even then any shift in salinity can cause for them to drop. The serpent and brittle stars tend to be the hardiest reef safe choice.

There are some other stars that are known to be reef safe, but most command unreasonablly high prices.
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Anybody have experience with this species of starfish?

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No, but I want one! They are really pretty!
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Same here the color would liven up most tanks. Althought the description sounds like it eats the copepods in the live rock. But if you don't have anything else that edepends on them in your tank you should be ok right???
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Yeah. I don't have any mandarins so why not.
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Stick with bottom dwelling species. CC stars and others like it can climb the rockwork. They can topple rocks and will park right on top of soft corals and eat away. I have a sand sifter in my 72 and it stays on/in the substrate.
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And the bottom dwellers are....? Formia and Linkia??
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