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Old 08-07-2003, 05:32 PM   #11
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i put it mine to. thanks steve. i have a kent aqua dose to, if i had only known. so what should i do with these 1 1/4 starfish?the other one is following suite.
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Old 08-07-2003, 09:48 PM   #12
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This is just my opinion, But I truly believe they are dieing a slow death. If they were mine I would put them to sleep in ice water to stop there suffering.
But this is a hard decision you will have to make.

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Old 08-08-2003, 07:56 AM   #13
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thanks John. this will be hard to do.but i have learned the drip method and will use it from now on. walt
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The thing that makes me mad (and the reason i will now have to drive for an hour to buy fish) is that the guy at the pet store said starfish need no acclimation. He also said this about my anemone but luckily it didnt die like the starfish.
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Old 08-08-2003, 03:34 PM   #15
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I have a blue Linkia Star fish tha i did not Drip Acclomated that is doing fine. What i did do is make absolutely sure that i did not touch it with my bare hand. The guy at the LFS where i bought him told me that touching it will kill it for sure. I did the sandard float accilmation with adding 1/2 cup of tank water over 2 hours, poured out the water from the bag, and flipped the bag inside out while holding the starfish with the bag, placing him into the tank.
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Old 08-08-2003, 05:24 PM   #16
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If you have had them for a month, and you are just seeing this, then I wouldn't necessarily blame it on acclimation (although I agree with everyone that drip is the best method to use for stars). The damage in the pictures is consistent with deterioration from starvation. Keeping some of the sea stars alive for long periods of time can be tricky even in large mature tanks, and it is quite possible that there is not enough food in your tank to house both of these stars. I had a similar experience with the orange "linckia", and watched it suffer the same fate after a little over a year in the tank
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about the LFS.. some are so interested in selling their fishes that some lie to the point of no excuse.. it's like.. this one time i went to this place i've been a couple of times before but never purchased from.. i over heard him telling a customer that saltwater is actually easier to care for than freshwater, and that all you have to do is change the water the first six months and you never have to change any more... i was like what?? and then what got me even more bugged out is when he said that that is what they do with their fish tanks.. they never change the water.. oh yeah.. he tried to sell me a false perc and pass it off as a maroon clown just to raise the price a little.. and everytime i tell him a fish or invert is dead he says no, it's just sleeping... anyway just wanted to blow off some steam.. hehe..
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Any aquatic shop that tells you linkias don't need acclimating might be one you want to avoid in the future. I talk more customers out of starfish than I actually sell. Starfish do not handle shipping well at all. If you want to try a starfish in the future I would suggest you have the store hold it for at least one week. Then when you get it home you need to spend a minimum of 1 hour of acclimating time for every 1 point difference your water is from the stores water.
Example: If the stores water reads 1.025 and your water reads 1.023 then you need to drip water in for at least 2 hours. Make sure the water is dripping in very slow at the start of this pprocedure Make sure that the waters test exactly before you release the star into your tank.
Even after all precautions are met for these neat little crcreatureshey are still a chchallengeo keep.
Good luck !
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Old 08-08-2003, 06:37 PM   #19
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Fish, Inverts & corals all need a period of acclimation. As deangmcn41 said you are matching the water chemistry in the bag to your tanks water chemistry.
If not you will shock the item you are putting in your tank and more then likely it will die. Any LFS that told me you don't have to acclimate your new purchases would not see me anymore!!

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