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Old 08-15-2005, 09:20 PM   #11
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Interesting question. I must have between 200-300 britle stars in my tank of vairying sizes. A lot of them are not complete, missing a leg or two. Never really wondered why until now...

How big is your tank? Can I come over to see :P ?
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:23 PM   #12
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72gal. Seriously, they are everywhere. 200-300 is a very rough estimate. I recently got back from vacation and had some algae on my glass. I counted over 100 just on my overflow and glass. makes me wonder how many tiny ones are on the 150lbs of LR I have. Its like the more you look the more you find.
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What ever the problem is it has eaten into its body now. It is on its death bed.
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Sounds like a water quality or acclimation issue. Was it a LR hitchhiker? If so I would not sweat it. The shipping process is rough on stars-being out of water, cold temps. etc. Also did you test your Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels lately?
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He was a survivor from the package that UPS left in the sun. It looks like something was tearing him apart. It was into his body and some brown gunk was coming out of him, He was still moving but I went ahead and put him out of his misery. Can something like this happen from the temperature of being left in the sun? What in water chemistry can cause this?
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Can something like this happen from the temperature of being left in the sun? What in water chemistry can cause this?
Maybe the stress from being left in the sun.
How long did you acclimate him for? I would say that is usually the problem with stars.
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It looks like something was tearing him apart. It was into his body and some brown gunk was coming out of him
definitely not a predator, thats how they die.

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any trace of ammonia, or nitrite, too high nitrate, low PH....basically anything less than perfect water quality. These type of inverts are the "barometers" of water quality.
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