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Old 11-15-2006, 10:29 AM   #11
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I did the same thing. I had read previous to the purchase that they could not be exposed to air & when I saw the LFS remove him from water (though it was just for a second) I thought it would be okay. He survived for about 2-3, and then it was over. Mine didn't expell anything, or decompose, but he stopped moving and had attached himself to the glass with one arm exposed to the air, and I knew it was done.

As far as getting a refund, good luck. I know none of my LFS gives a refund with saltwater fish, and because it was something they did wrong, good luck proving it. I don't mean to sound negative, but it's just one of those live & learn things. Maybe try calling first & see what their reaction is.
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:46 AM   #12
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My LFS has a 48 hr refund policy on saltwater.

I've already returned one star due to the same issue. This one was actually alive when I got it home. Unlike the other one that died on the way home.

So, I'll bag him when I get home and bring him back.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:36 PM   #13
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Good, I'm glad to hear that! I have 4 dealers in my area, and none offer a refund policy of any kind. Anywho, best of luck with the next one!
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:55 AM   #14
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Yeah I'm done with starfish. LOL
I double checked my NO3 and it was within the 10 ppm suggest for the Linckia species.
SG was 1.025, temp 78.

I explained to the LFS tonight when I brought him back, that handling them in the air spells death for these guys, and they were like... "Really?" This was the first shipment we've ever gotten.

Went to look at the other two the manager had handled above the air that night, they too had spilled their pyloric stomach, and looked quite dead. Unfortunately for them, they had beautiful frags in the tank also. I got my star out before he liquified. Thank god.

Thanks for the fast responses guys, you saved the rest of my inhabitants.
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:49 AM   #15
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It's unfortunate that the LFS was so uninformed but I'd hate to see you totally give up on starfish. Not all stars are created equal and some are very hardy. Serpent stars are very cool and make great janitors. They are not as visible as the linkias but are helpful addition to a reef system. Sorry you had such a bad experience but don't be to quick to give up on starfish in general.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:22 AM   #16
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Yeah, I think I may have been a tad hasty.

Trouble is, I don't like killing animals LOL So, for now, until I can find a cause for the deaths, I will stay away from them. I will check out the serpent star.

Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2006, 01:06 PM   #17
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I would not give up on the licknia star. Just go somewhere else or order online and make sure he is not exposed to air. I had the same thing happen to me and I know how you feel but your an experience wiser now so dont give up. Here is mine and he`s in the AA calendar this year.



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Just wanted to add that if you go looking for a serpent star, do NOT buy a green serpent. They are usually cheap at LFS's and that's because..nobody wants them! They are fish eaters, not good news. The rest are good though, and I agree with Fluff, serpents are really cool and generally quite hardy if acclimated and handled properly. Good luck!
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ok...after reading this, how in the world do you get the star into your tank, without exposing it to air???????????????
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You have to quickly drop the bag under the water and quickly grab him under the surface and hurry up and get the bag out.. Try to limit as much of the LFS water as possible. But all this is done after you acclimate him in the bag.
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