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Old 02-25-2007, 08:35 PM   #1
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starfish problem

I just got an orange starfish and i noticed little bumps and then today they got alot bigger and it looks sick so if anyone knows the answer please give me some info
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pictures would help
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Do the bumps look like rotten places? Are they getting bigger?

If it is an orange Linckia, my guess is poor acclimation procedures and possible exposure to air are the cause. It will require pristine water conditions to recover.
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starfish

do starfish shed or peel or anything like that?
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ya the bumps are getting bigger by day
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Merged your two Sea Star posts and moved to sick fish/coral forum:

As already mentioned Sea Stars require perfect water conditions for long term health. The bumps/shedding are more then likely sickness and is not normal.

Is it still active and have you seen it feed?
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It is still active. He has been moving around the tank and is still clings to the sides of the rocks. I did wake up this morning to find that one of his legs has decomposed, for lack of a better word. It looks like it has turned to mush and is just hanging on to him by a thread. He looks like he is in bad shape. The funny thing is that I had the water tested before I bought him and Amonnia was 0 nitrite was 0 nitrate was 5ppm PH was 8.2 and my salinaty was 1.022. So my water looks like it was in good shape. How can I tell if it is feeding?

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How did you acclimate him?
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And did you expose him to air at all? Watch when he was bagged up at the LFS?
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I floated him for 45 minutes adding some water every 10 and then emptying half of it out and then filling it up again. But I do think when we acclimated we took him out into the air for a few seconds and then into the tank. Any ideas on how I could transfer him from the bag into the tank without exposing him to the air and without getting any water from the store into my tank?
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