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Old 06-06-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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Sandsifting Star dying?

I acquired a sandsifting star with all the fish/liverock acquisition a few weeks ago.

All stats are in the normal range except for nitrates at around 20

the star looks like it has softened up and maybe even lost part of a leg/arm. Is it starving to death? and if it is, what can I do to help feed it?

It lived fine in the prior owner's hands...

Help Please?
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Old 06-06-2006, 07:23 PM   #2
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Is this a new tank because the star need something to feed off of and if it is not live sand you may be out of luck. HTH
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inverts are very intolerant of high nitrates, that could also be playing a big part. YOu might want to put pieces of raw shrimp, like found at the supermarket, underneath the center disk of the star.
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Old 06-07-2006, 01:59 AM   #4
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Yes, it is a new tank.

Stupid question, but... will the starfish bite me?
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:50 AM   #5
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no..put the meat on the sandbed, pick up the star and place it over the meaty item.
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YOu might want to put pieces of raw shrimp, like found at the supermarket, underneath the center disk of the star.
Hara, i tried this but the star simply moved away from the piece of shrimp under it. Is there any other way to feed it?
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Possibly the piece of meat was too large. If making the pieces smaller doesnt help, I really do not know of any other way.
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Hara, would soaking in garlic work for inverts?
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I have not noticed that it helps in any way.
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Raw shrimp is the way to go.

How deep is your sandbed?

Is this live sand?

Is there anywhere for the star to hide?
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