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Old 10-21-2009, 03:11 AM   #1
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Do bristleworms go after sand sifting star fish?

I noticed the other day that my starfish had bite marks on it's arms. then I noticed today that it was missing an arm and the other arms looked torn up. is it sick or can it be bristleworms? I noticed a large bristleworm the other day while rearranging my LR. What type of trap would you recommend to get rid of them? thanks
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I doubt they will go after a healthy animal. What else do you have in your tank? Sand sifting stars need a larger, mature tank or will quickly consume their food source and starve.
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I have 4 shrimp, 1 emerald crab, 2 clown fish and a sixline wrasse, snails, and the starfish. i've had it for several months now.
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I dont believe it`s the bristleworm either. I would say your crab might be more of a suspect.
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I doubt that it was a bristle worm. Bristle worms are known to be detritivores, or animals that feed on dead organic waste matter. They usually will not intentionally harm a living organism. Your crab is your best bet. It is not uncommon for a larger crab to prey on live starfish. Some people use starfish as a food source for a great abundance of crabs that they may have in one tank.
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If someone in your CUC is picking at the star, I'm thinking the star is wounded and any flesh exposed will attract crabs or shrimps.
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[QUOTE]Some people use starfish as a food source for a great abundance of crabs that they may have in one tank./QUOTE]
That's freaking cruel! I haven't seen the starfish in sometime so I figure it's either hiding out or it's totally gone. What was weird was it had perfect bit marks on it, not like something was nibbling on it.
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