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Old 02-28-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Starfish in need of help

I have two orange starfish and they r loosing legs/arms it almost looks as if they are disinigrating. What is going on?
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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Most likely doing exactly that; disintegrating.

We will need you to post your water parameters to start off, to see how good your water quality is. Can you give us more information about your tank as well? Size of the tank, all the livestock you have in there. Do you have a sump? Or just a regular HOB filter?

We need more info to determine what is causing the sea stars to disintegrate.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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Odds are at this point, those starfish are going to die. I agree with Zero, more information needed.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:40 AM   #4
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Good luck. I bought a chocolate chip starfish and it died within three days. It was doing the same think. I got it out of my tank so it wouldn't infect or cause any problems to my other fish. For me, my ph was low so I'm not sure if that was the problem since my two clown fish were fine. How long has this been happening for? It might be too late.
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most starfish don't do well in closed systems. i have heard that sometimes it's due to the way they were collected. exposing them to air can kill them i'm told.
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Well if exposing it to air is bad then I guess the guy at petco killed my starfish before it even made it to my tank. Don't worry I got a good fish store now where I get my fish now.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:57 AM   #7
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Once they start disintegrating, it's time to get them out, nothing more you can do for them. You definitely need to check what your water parameters are and fix whatever issues you have before getting a new one.
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The air thing isn't as important as it is with puffers, but people have strong feelings about it. I've had starfish that did fine and some that struggled, all touched air. They're just so frragile.
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Are starfish reef safe? I've been wondering...the crappy lfs told me yes. But they also push fish to cycle tanks lol
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I've had them in my reef happily, I don't know that I would again though. I had forgotten my fish shift rocks and my starfish wound up crushed.
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