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Old 08-20-2005, 11:47 PM   #1
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HELP!! Starfish getting attacked

I just picked up a Sand Sifting sea star and as soon as i put him into my tank , my peppermint shrimp and hermits attacked it. Is this normal?? i think the Star fish is dead now but i cant really tell. I was unaware that these werent compatible. At the LFS they had the stars with Cleaner and Fire shrimp and they all seemed to get along. What should i do? how can i tell if the star is still alive?
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Old 08-21-2005, 12:41 AM   #2
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Has the star moved? I have a choc chip star and every now and then my cleaner shrimp will pick at it and the hermits will crawl over it. I have never had them attack it before though. Are there any tears in the stars flesh, little white cuts?
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most likely the shrimp and hermits knew the starfish was not doing well and hastened the process along.

What type of acclimation procedures did you use?
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i used the drip method... for like 2 hours. When i put the star fish in it immediately started to burrow under the sand and looked totally fine. I dont see any visable cuts but his little feet on the underside dont appear to be moving. I was concerned a lil when i left the lfs cuz when they took the star out it was exposed to the air for like a split second. I read somewhere that they should never be exposed to the air. I mention it to the lfs guy but he told me it would be fine. IF it is dead should i remove it?

Maybe ill try to get a refund
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a split second would not do anything but i do think its strange for them to jump on it like that even if it wasnt doing well i would leve it in thier untill you know for shure its dead

i bought a large general and the guy from big als ripped the bag dumped it and 2 cleaner shrimp on the floor then dumped them into another bag when i got home the 2 cleaners died that night almost right away the star could barly move and could not climb up the glass for a week but i left him and now hes fine
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any other suggestions??
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No other suggestions. I think the star is a goner. The likely scenario is as Hara suggested above.
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