I bought a little red starfish last week from my LFS
. They just had it labelled "Red starfish"- upon further research, I think it may be a fromia milleporella? But I'm really not sure, so I'm attaching a photo of my little star if that helps with identification.
Okay, please don't judge me... I always do a lot of research before taking on any pet. Except this time, when apparently, I really needed to do the research.
I just fell in love with this little guy at the store, I had just gotten some money in the mail from my parents as a Halloween present, and thought that he would be the perfect little addition to my 6 month old aquarium, which only had some live rock and a couple of ocellaris clowns. I asked a lot of questions at the store, and was told that these starfish are very hardy, only reach about 2" long, have no lighting requirements, and will eat algae pellets. Easy! I figured that, equipped with that most basic of knowledge, I could do more research when I got home. Yes, I know. Stop judging.
So when I got home and started researching, I found, of course, that this little guy was more complicated than I thought it would be. I acclimated it over the course of about an hour- too quickly, I now know. I also didn't think to check the water parameters of the original tank to know how far off my tank was. For a couple days, it hardly moved. Now, it's finally moving around on the live rock that I set it on. It's not showing any outward signs of illness- everything seems fine. I'm just worried, though. I realize that my little star is not in the best situation. I've considered returning it to the LFS
, but I'm afraid that going through the acclimation again would just kill it faster.
I have a 14 gallon aquarium with full-spectrum daylight. I was told to keep the lights on from the time I wake up until I go to bed to build up the algae in my immature tank. I use natural seawater purchased from Petco.
If you have any advice for how to care for this little critter, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!