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Old 07-02-2008, 08:45 PM   #1
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What is the best hardy starfish to get?

Ive seen the chocolate chip starfish alot at the store where I get my saltwater items..I know thats advailable. Is there another popular one to get? I like anything thats "HARDY"..even though Ive had a tank for 5yrs. I am still a beginer by all means....the over turn of different fish and things are low, these SW fish last quite awhile... Thankgod b/c this is an expensive hobby to start.

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I think I am just excited to start my second tank and I am debating on what to get etc...
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I read that they (choc. chips) can sometimes be aggressive and problematic.

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You wont be able to have one if you have corals. They will destroy a reef tank. But if you halve a FOWLR tank then you should be OK.
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My tank is going to be a FOWLR tank, no corals just yet... I havent tried that yet. What prob.s could I expect with the choc. chip starfish? besides the coral thing??
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The Chocolate Chip Starfish may eat corals, clams, sponges, anemones and ornamental invertebrates.
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Other than what's been posted, depending on your livestock it may be succeptible to being picked on and definitely perform a 2-4hr acclimation with the latter being optimal.
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banded serpent stars seem pretty durable and easy to care for, and they are reef safe.
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I must agree with others. Chocolates are really neat but once they get started eating your inverts/corals there's no stopping them. Yep, they're hardy alright! I have a spiney serpent star that is great. He was really bashful at first but now I hand feed him chunks of frozen "people" shrimp. He loves it and does not bother anything in the tank.
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The choc. chip would eat my snails, and crabs??? Also, I just read about the sand sifting star that one looks pretty interesting
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