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Old 02-26-2007, 03:41 PM   #11
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You'll end up with a little of the store's water in your tank. Those should be drip acclimated (actually, I drip all my critters) for at least 2 hours. As for getting them out of your acclimation bucket, you can scoop him up with a plate or small tupperware bowl. If you exposed him to the air, he might not make it.
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If he is already losing legs, then I agree w/ Roka, he probably won't make it. I'd remove him to a QT tank if possible, that has stable water conditions, and see if he makes it.

Sorry to say...he probably won't.
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How will I know if he is dead?
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He wont be moving. Yes even just a few seconds in the air will be enough not to make it. If you drip acclimate or even add water from the tank like you did. Most of the LFS water will be gone. I just drop the bag low enough to quickly take him out in the tank water and pull the bag up. I`m afraid if he`s losing legs then there is not much hope IME. Hopefully you can prove me wrong.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:25 AM   #15
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Is this what is happening?



This guy blames it on poor acclimation and says he has seen rays form other starfish while most of it died.

http://www.reefs.org/library/article...atisation.html


Quick aside here. Can someone tell me why Linkia especially are so prone to being exposed to air? I still can't figure it out, is it the rapid change in O2?
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:55 AM   #16
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oh thats so sad/gross!
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Air gets into their Madreporite and when they're exposed to air there is no water for them to pump through their water-vascular network that provides the torpor for pressurizing their tube-feet.

Good article on the Linckia spp

Also another great reason for having a cycled QT tank and matching the temp/ph/sg to the lfs to reduce stress.
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:40 PM   #18
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Well I woke up this morning and the starfish was dead. He really looked bad and was not moving anymore. Unfortunately I learned the hard way on how to take care of such a beautiful animal. In the future I will be more vigilant and really study up on something that I am not 100% sure about. Also not always take what the LFS tells me as true.
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Read this on licknia stars. If acclimated right they can make it. Here are mine.
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thats a awsome site man i realy got into that. i didnt know there were so many different types of linckia's. wow
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