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Old 10-05-2003, 01:39 AM   #1
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Sick Starfish?

I have a beautiful orange marble starfish that has only been in my tank a week now. He seemed fine at first, but tonight I just noticed that he was on the sand bed with orange gook coming out of him and bubbly things under him. I know that he is alive because he keeps curling and uncurling but he definitely seems sick. Has anyone has this happen? How can I help him? TIA
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Old 10-05-2003, 04:14 AM   #2
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Doesn't sound sick, sounds like it's eating. Starfish will primarily exspell their stomach to eat. This is most likely what you are seeing. If the star was sick you would see a noticable fading in color and possibley necrosis of the limbs.

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Oh ok, thanks! Is it normal for his stomach to come out on the top of him? Because now he is curled up in the same spot on the sandbed with orange stuff coming through the top of him. It kind of looks like his gutts are coming out of him. However, he has all his limbs and his color is still vibrant. Thanks again for your help!
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Oh ok, thanks! Is it normal for his stomach to come out on the top of him? Because now he is curled up in the same spot on the sandbed with orange stuff coming through the top of him.!
That is not what you stated above. The "goo" so to speak should come from it's mouth beneath the star. Any emissions coming from the outside of the star are definately not a good sign.

Any animals in the tank that might prey on the star? Any chance of posting a pic?

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