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Old 02-06-2003, 11:47 AM   #1
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Baby Starfish?

I was looking at my tank the other and saw what appeared to be a very small starfish on the glass, near where some live Rock rests.

I wanted to take a picture but the little guy was moving from the glass to the LR and by the time I found my camera, I couldn't find him again.

It was very small, perhaps a 1/4 in diameter, probably smaller and white. It had the general shape of a starfish and moved fairly slowly.

Any ideas on what I saw. Obviously I did not buy a starfish, I guess it came with my LR. Anything I can do to nuture him and help him grow?
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Old 02-06-2003, 12:43 PM   #2
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It sounds like a starfish. I have one similiar to what you describe in my tank. I think it came in on some live rock. I see it about 1 or 2 times a week. Check the link
http://www.reefs.org/hhfaq/pages/mai.../faq_rock3.htm
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Old 02-06-2003, 03:31 PM   #3
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Yup. It looks like the same thing. I've only seen it once and now, of course, my family thinks I'm crazy...
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If all conditions in your tank are suitable, you should continue to see it from time to time. I has been about 4 months since i first saw mine. I think it is kinda cool.
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Remember some starfish are not reef safe, so id ing the type of star could be helpful.
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Old 02-07-2003, 03:52 PM   #6
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From what I've read that could be one of a few different type of star. I had the same type in my tank...you can read my thread here.
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Reefrunner I read your post, but did you ever determine if they were harmful or not. I have not seen mine again, but when I do I'll try to gather more info. Until, I'm hoping they are not harmful, 'cause I kinda of like them.
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i have a few in my tank. started with just one in my 20 and in about 7 months time i probably have 6 or 7. mine are a purple/blue color though. i've observed them alot and it seems to me that the only places i see them are in the areas that have algae growing so they don't really concern me but thats not to say mine are exactly the same as yours.
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I have seen some of the "miniature" starfish sold in detrivore starter packs. Hopefully it is one like that.
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but did you ever determine if they were harmful or not.
After removing the first two, I have seen one more, and I have noticed no ill effect to my SPS corals. So I'm holding now...that I got the detrivorous kind. As with anything...time will tell.
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