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Old 12-22-2003, 11:40 AM   #1
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Sandsifting star fish need some help :)

He guys you may have seen that I got a sandsifting star fish in another post and I can't really seem to find a whole lot of info on feeding them or keeping them alive what have you. All I have heard is that they will eat everything in the sand pretty quick then starve or They will be fine if they run out of food they will eat algae.. Can you guys help me out here. He is brown with black spots and little spines.. do I bury food I am afraid if I do that and he dosen't find it soon it will decompose and spike the ammonia. Do I just shoot a little bit of Brine under him when I see he's surfaced? What Do you guys out there do to keep them alive if anything at all..Everything I have found has said they are carnivours but will they just move onto the algae if hungry what does your experience tell you guys??


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Old 12-22-2003, 11:57 AM   #2
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I think you should remove it and return it to the LFS, especially if you are using a DSB for filtration (it will quickly eat all of what keep the sandbed effective). On the flip side, if you are not then you also will not be able to provide enough food for it to survive. IMO, these guys can only be placed in very large tanks.

It can be a tough habit to start, but you need to evaluate all new livestock prior to purchasing so that you make the best decision for you, the tank, and your livestock.
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