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Old 12-04-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Is there anything that can help get rid of Baby starfish

Ok so I have a huge population of the little baby starfish in my tank and I want to keep them in there but they eat corals and they are extremely attrected to my Green star polyps One will go on one of them and poof 10 min later it is gone and on to another I have been currently picking them off:p But I was wondering if there is something that kills them?
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:54 PM   #2
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Google "asterina predators".
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Are you sure they are eating the corals? I have never had any problem with them and I have many.
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are these the ones that look like brittle stars? if so, they are definitely not eating the corals. they are just using them as hiding places.
if these are asterinas that are definitely eating coral, then you can buy a harlequin shrimp. this shrimp will eat them, but it must have a steady diet of starfish. this is the only thing on the menu for the harlequin shrimp. after the starfish are gone, you'll have to either get rid of it, or buy it starfish to eat.
i would only suggest a harlequin shrimp if you have a serious infestation of starfish, like this 40 breeder i used to have-
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Man Doug. That looks like my tank with all of them there. Have you ever had a problem with them messing with your corals?
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not those in that tank, but i did have a problem at the gym around the corner. they have a 150 in wall reef. i used a harlequin shrimp and he keeps the population in check, but hasn't run out of food yet (been about 8 months)
they were fine for about 1.5 years, then all of the sudden, they got carnivorous on zoas and palys. wiped out a softball sized colony in a short time. you could see when you remove the starfish from the single polyps a little bite mark.
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What color are they at the gym? I've heard mixed stuff about the "tan ones will eat corals, the white ones won't, etc.
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they are all different colors, and assorted leg count . honestly, i don't think color or the amount of legs has anything to do with it, contrary to popular theory. i just think sometimes they simply turn carnivore.
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Sorry I have not been replying no they are not brittle starfish although I do have some they are so cute. But ya I actually did a little expeirement and cut of one of my gsp and plucked of a starfish and put it in a jar the next day the gsp was gone. So it might just be the gsp but still
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There are hundreds of species of asterina stars. Some are predators, most are not. If you have the predator type getting a harlequin shrimp may be your best track, but try to have an exit strategy for when it runs out of food. Ask the lfs if they will take it back on trade.
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