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Old 12-05-2010, 12:11 PM   #11
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but how then do you explain the year and a half that the asterinas were in the gym tank and abstaining?
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #12
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Lack of normal food?
Honestly Doug, I can't explain it. From the research I did it appears that most species are totally reef safe, and a few are not.
Was anything added to the tank during that time that could have introduced a new species?
It also appears that the population rises and falls in most tanks. I've seen hundreds in my tank for short periods, but usually the population is between 10 and 50 (that I can see and count).
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It`s funny how those asterinas can cycle. I used to have a fair number in my tank and sump but I haven`t seen a single one is about six months. They just disappeared.

Bad luck with them starting to eat corals. At least harlequin shrimp are an option to controlling them.
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and i love the harlequin shrimp also...and so does all of the customers that see him in the tank.
cmor- no. nothing was added, and the population steadily rose for 1.5 years until one day i saw them on the zoas and a few polyps were closed up. then more and more...i started knocking them off to see the bite/suck marks.
i also had massive amounts of them in my home system and they never touched a thing. btw, i believe they were originally introduced via rock and corals from my home system.
i started the tank with 150 pounds of kaelini rock that was drop shipped, but it's just more logical that it came from my starfish colony.
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gee, send me some of your GSP eating stars.
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:42 AM   #16
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gee, send me some of your GSP eating stars.
LOL... was wondering when someone might suggest a business opportunity there! Seems like most folks that keep GSP long enough wish they had a supply of these little guys you have!
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