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Old 03-01-2014, 02:45 AM   #1
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Over the past week my starfish has lost one leg, another leg is flaking and dying off, can someone tell me if there is anything I can do to save the starfish. I have a smaller red one in se tank which is perfectly fine, also have 40 plus baby snails in the tank, nitrate is slightly high but everything else is good.
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:49 AM   #2
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did you slowly acclimate your starfish before adding them?
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:27 AM   #3
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It's been in the tank for over 6 months
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:32 AM   #4
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Is that a Linkia starfish?
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Old 03-01-2014, 03:55 AM   #5
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Can't recall what type it is.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:02 AM   #6
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He won't make it. People think they do this when they starve. Haven't ever seen a star recover once they start this. You might want to put him a QT tank just so he doesn't foul the water any more.
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Looks like its freezer bag time
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That and most stars can not be exposed to air. Not even for seconds. You have to keep adding tank water to the bag and pouring off until most of the LFS water is gone and then quickly plunge the bag underwater and pull the star out. No contact with air. If he does have contact with air there is noway of reversing the process.
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I had a star do the same thing. It will eventually just become the center with no legs. I agree with moving it to another tank though, just in case.

I've found most starfish to be very very fragile and not do well in the home aquarium. They do not do very well in newer tanks especially. :-(

The only hardy star i have ever had is the sea serpent ones, they come in several colors too so you might consider that if you want to replace this one.
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That and most stars can not be exposed to air. Not even for seconds. You have to keep adding tank water to the bag and pouring off until most of the LFS water is gone and then quickly plunge the bag underwater and pull the star out. No contact with air. If he does have contact with air there is noway of reversing the process.
I tell people that all the time! But some argue that it is only certain stars, so I acknowledge their "experience", but always retort "Better safe than sorry with starfish"
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