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Old 06-08-2003, 03:44 PM   #1
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Brittle or Serpent Stars

It was suggested to my by KC that orange linkias are good stars to keep, and a online salseman told me all hee had was brittle and serpant stars. Is there any problems keeping B or S tars. Or should I try to find the linkias?
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Old 06-08-2003, 04:23 PM   #2
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well, both the serpent and brittle stars are very hardy. what size is your tank? if its 50+ i would recommend a sepent star, brittle start, AND an orange linckia. The orange, I believe, is the hardiest of the linckias and you'll keep one of those alive longer than any anenome. JMO, though...

http:\\www.saltwaterfish.com is an excellent online store and a great place to get your linckia and/or S and B stars...I have bought all of mine there, and also several fish and tons of inverts and mushrooms.....all very good quality, great shipping policy, and very good quarantee.
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Old 06-08-2003, 04:39 PM   #3
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I looked there and they prefer a min 75 order. I would buy there 20-55 gallon package except I was told not to put hermits in my tank, and that I should use fighting conches (2) instead, as they wouldn't bulldoze my tank. Also was told the hermits would kill my snails for there shells. Is all this true? I have a 50 Gallon with LR&LS only for three weeks now. Levels are all nearing 0, and I have a Diatom Bloom. I wanted to get the right mix of clean up critters, but on the same hand I don't want to decimate my DSB 4-5".

P.s I love your Linkia
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Hermits are great for algae control and yes they do kill snails for shells...I think I found a somewhat key to this though...Try to buy snails much bigger than the hermits...The hermits tend to kill snails around the size that they can use for replacement shells. At any rate, the snails are cheap enough that you can replace them without breaking the bank. Blue legs like diatoms... Snails are good also....I would not suggest getting sand sifters or things that are reliant on sand bed inhabitants until about 6 mos or so..Give the sand some time to populate with the pods and worms and bacteria....
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kid, That is an awesome linka! You have me convinced. How did you acclimate him? 8O
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1. Float for 20 minutes.
2. Add 1 ounce of water to the bag.
3. Repeat step 2 every 3-5 minutes until the water is doubled.
(this is to slowly adapt the specimen to your salinity)
4. When it is doubled, pour out half of the water, and repeat step 2.
5. When it is doubled again, pour out half of the water.
6. Now, I trim the bag as much as possible, be careful that you have a good grip.
7. Finally, place the bag in the water and submerge it. Don't pour it out, but rather work your finger/hand UNDERNEATH AN ARM OR TWO AND LIFT HIM OUT. DO NOT TOUCH HIM ANYWHERE BUT UNDERNEAT HIS ARMS IF YOU CAN HELP IT, IT CAN CAUSE INFECTION.

Thats about it. It takes a while, but is worth it when you have a healthy specimen. I do all of my acclimating this way, because for the delicates temperature is not enough. Good luck on it.
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but rather work your finger/hand UNDERNEATH AN ARM OR TWO AND LIFT HIM OUT. DO NOT TOUCH HIM ANYWHERE BUT UNDERNEAT HIS ARMS IF YOU CAN HELP IT, IT CAN CAUSE INFECTION.
Infection to him Or Me? will he sting me?
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Oh, goodness, infection to him. They are completely harmless. I am not posative, but I have a pretty good idea that there are no dangerous-to-human stars. Its pretty easy to handle them, although I only handle mine if I am rearranging rock. Getting under his arms is easy to do. Let me know how it goes if you get one.
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Do any of the kind of stars you are talking about eat or attack corals? I've heard that some stars will do that.

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Good question. as I don't want anything that mean.
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