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Old 11-14-2006, 11:09 PM   #1
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Blue Linkia starfish help

So..I get home and my star is chillin on the bubble wall. It kinda worries me, so I grab him and move him to the front of the tank.

And I notice this.



Is this normal? It looks to me like his inside guts are falling out, is he dying? Or is this normal behavior?

Thanks a bunch.
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:21 PM   #2
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did you, or the LFS expose him to air, even for a just moment?
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:23 PM   #3
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Definately not a good sign. How long have you had it?
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:42 PM   #4
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The LFS did expose him to air. However, when I got him home, I did a 3 hr slow drip then added him, and he was doing great. moving all around the tank. He moved to the back while I was at work.

He's moving around on the front of the glass now, but that junk is still near his mouth. I've read alot about exposing them to air, but one gentleman who sells and ships them online said he handles them all day and ships so many, all exposed to air, and has no problems with them.

He's about 2-3 days old.

Anyone have a Blue Linkia? This is my first, so I'm not sure what to expect, if it's normal feeding procedure, or what.

From http://www.reef.edu.au/asp_pages/secb.asp?FormNo=43

"How and what do they eat?

Sea stars are either carnivorous predators or scavenging omnivores. Sea stars feed in a very distinctive way which involves digesting food outside their bodies (extra-corporeal digestion). They hunt or scavenge their prey, probably using their sense of smell (chemo-detection). They then position themselves over the prey and literally throw part of their stomachs over it. The stomach secretes digestive enzymes which dissolve the prey and reabsorb the digested products as food - what a way to go! "

So....I'm guessing this is normal then?
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I have no idea if this is right or not.

But don't they use the one hole for everything?
Is it poo-ing maybe?
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:54 PM   #6
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And from http://www.vsf.cape.com/~jdale/science/digest.htm

Seems they eat from the bottom, and poo out the top?

I'm guessing from the lighter colored spot that looks like an eye?

Can anyone confirm? This is wigging me out LOL
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Well, it could be a sign of melting. It could also be his intestines. both of which would not be a good thing. Just because the seller exposes them to air and has no problems with them, doesn't mean the people buying them are receiving a healthy animal that will thrive. I really hope he comes around but I know from experience that once a linkia starts a decline, it seldom if ever makes a recovery. And it can take days before they fully succumb.
I'd check your water parameters to make sure they are all in check. I don't know what else to offer. Sorry.
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All water parameters are perfect.

That's why I'm stumped.
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Your star is dying from contact with air. I know from personal experience because I killed the first blue I had from exposure to air. I have since learned and have a thriving blue and orange licknia star.
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So pull him out and get a refund then eh?

This morning when I checked on him, whatever that nastiness was on his mouth, was on the sand bed, and he had moved to the back wall, and was firmly attached halfway up the glass.

So I have no idea what's going on. I scooped that junk out of the tank.
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