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Old 08-05-2003, 09:36 PM   #1
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somthing is eating my orange linka starfish help

i have two,one looks like it has been eatin by somthing. the tips are black. this one looks like it has been on someones menu. anyone ever seen this before?
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Old 08-05-2003, 11:07 PM   #2
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Looks like it could be acclimation shock unless you have suspect fish and inverts as well as other stars.

If not acclimated slowly enough, stars can show signs of "necrosis" as quickly as the next day or even several months later.

How long have you had the star?
How was it acclimated?
Other tankmates/hitchikers?

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Old 08-05-2003, 11:10 PM   #3
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Do you have any harlequin shrimp? JK, im thinkin acclimation problems, they need like 6 hours or more
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Old 08-05-2003, 11:52 PM   #4
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no,camel shrimp. got the 2 of them 1 month ago. the other one is fine. 15 min float,15min with8oz of tank water,then mixing bag water and tank water slowly releasing them on the sand bottom, all with the star under water because it can not touch air. they are chunks takin off the star now. my sallylightfoot crab maybe. perc clowns 2, my purple tang,and my wife thinks its my 6yr old electric damsel.
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Old 08-06-2003, 12:03 AM   #5
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I go with acclimation. As d9hp stated Starfish need to be acclimated for many hours. They are very sensitive to pH & salinty changes. Try the drip method & if the water in the bucket will not stay the same temp. as in your tank you can put a heating pad under the bucket to help maintain the temp. Just dont let the bucket overflow. I used this method to acclimate my Abalone for four hours and had no problems. The drip method is a peice of airline tubing placed in the tank with a knot to adjust your drip and into your bucket. Run it at about 1-3 drops per second.
This how I do all my fish both S/W & F/W along with corals Etc. My past experince with starfish was the same as yours, I was not able to save the starfish.

Hope this helps with future stock
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you guys are right stars are supposed to be near impossible to acclimate, but once- and i'm not sure this happens often or the star was alrdy dead, but once in a fish store i saw 2 hermit crabs eating a blue linkia.- maybe it was alrdy dead i've never heard of that happening besides seeing it that one time.
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EMS503 i do not know this drip method,please explain .what is different from letting the bag float 6hours? there is hardly any arms left on the 1 star,my 2nd one is showing the starting signs now. should i take them out now and shove them up petcos butt, or just take them out and save my nitrate hike. i never was told, those poor starfish.
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the difference between dripping and letting it float for 6 hours is that dripping will slowly make the chemistry in the bag the same as the chemistry in your tank.. floating it for 6 hours just keeps the temperature the same for six hours.. too bad it isn't a harlequin shrimp huh?? i love 'em.. i wished they hitched hike in my tank..
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EMS503 i do not know this drip method,please explain .
Check >>this<< article.

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Troutman just like sokhamik said this will equal the chemistry between the shipping water and your tank slowly, and allow the new inhabitants to adjust to the tanks pH,salinity,etc.

steve-s good article explains it well. I put it in my favorites for future posts.

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