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Old 11-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #1
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Hello all. Our starfish lost a leg today while we was out at work. What could be he cause of this happening? I will be doing a ammonia and ph test in the next half an hour to check the levels. We also have a pistol shrimp, could he have done the damage? Is there anything we need to do to the starfish to make it better?
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Just done the ammonia which was between 0-0.1 ad the ph was between 7.9-8.1 anybody any ideas of what might have happened? I shall post a pic of the starfish now
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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Just wondering if anybody is able to help
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:18 PM   #5
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My guess would be the pistol shrimp. Just try to keep water levels great.
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Hello all. Our starfish lost a leg today while we was out at work. What could be he cause of this happening? I will be doing a ammonia and ph test in the next half an hour to check the levels. We also have a pistol shrimp, could he have done the damage? Is there anything we need to do to the starfish to make it better?
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Starfish can regrow legs. It'll take time. With a pistol in the tank, it may lose more limbs, though. Sandsifting stars, as you know, bury themselves in the sand. Unfortunately, that's where the pistol lives- in the sand. So the star can inadvertently put himself right where the pistol is, could even possible have a limb in the pistols burrow and not realize. Pistols are scavengers and aren't gonna pass up a free meal.
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Starfish can regrow legs. It'll take time. With a pistol in the tank, it may lose more limbs, though. Sandsifting stars, as you know, bury themselves in the sand. Unfortunately, that's where the pistol lives- in the sand. So the star can inadvertently put himself right where the pistol is, could even possible have a limb in the pistols burrow and not realize. Pistols are scavengers and aren't gonna pass up a free meal.
Many thanks for your help. We did wake up this morning and another limb was missing. Poor Starfish. Would you leave the starfish in there or take him out?
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Many thanks for your help. We did wake up this morning and another limb was missing. Poor Starfish. Would you leave the starfish in there or take him out?
Personally, I would take him out and see if LFS will take him back (either for free or for credit). I have a pistol, and this is the reason I didn't get a sandsifting star.
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