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Old 05-05-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Little Starfish

My ? Is, I've got some 1/4" size starfish I've noticed they eat my coralline algae. Does anyone know if these little guys are coral friendly? (Haven't noticed them eating any yet)
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Any pics of them?
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Lol I knew that was coming, only crapy iPhone I will try, you might have to zoom in a lot.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:53 PM   #4
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This was the best I could get
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I can't really make out the pic. Lol.
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Hahaha it's dead center with six arms. Yeah their just sand color with a little darker in the center area. Sorry the pic sucks
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They generally do not eat corals. A story to clarify this-
I used to maintain a tank at a gym I was a member of. I started the tank from scratch and the asterina stars started multiplying. Model citizens the first 2 years or so. The asterina population was immense. Suddenly they got a taste for zoas. They were all over them and when I plucked them off there were little bite marks. I ended up eradicating them with a harlequin shrimp.
before this, I would have told you that they NEVER eat corals, but this strange happening makes me tell folks to just keep an eye on them.
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They generally do not eat corals. A story to clarify this-
I used to maintain a tank at a gym I was a member of. I started the tank from scratch and the asterina stars started multiplying. Model citizens the first 2 years or so. The asterina population was immense. Suddenly they got a taste for zoas. They were all over them and when I plucked them off there were little bite marks. I ended up eradicating them with a harlequin shrimp.
before this, I would have told you that they NEVER eat corals, but this strange happening makes me tell folks to just keep an eye on them.
Thanks Mr. X very helpful as always. I started vacuuming them out whenever I see them during my PWC's. I figured I'd ask about them before getting to crazy with getting rid of them. Lol
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Here's a better pic of them.
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I agree asterina stars. But mine definitely eat Coraline algae. Off rocks, off the back glass. Not a big deal really, but I pluck them out when I can.
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