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Old 11-16-2003, 07:17 PM   #1
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New starfish, never seen one like this before?

Just got a new starfish at my LFS. I figure it is not reef safe but I'm going to have another tank to put him in by the time I start buying corals. I hope he doesn't eat too much of my good algae or snails.

Anybody know why kind he is, I can't him anywhere?
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Old 11-16-2003, 07:48 PM   #2
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It is a type of "general star", Pentaceraster sp. (I think )

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i saw one at the LFS they had it labeled as red knob? i think
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look like is from the chocolate and red knob family too me
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Sounds good! I'm assuming it's not too friendly with anything it can get it's little fingers on. Do you guys think it will eat my snails? I can't imagine it could really catch shrimp or fish(when sleeping)?

I figured I'd just buy him even though I knew he wasn't reef safe knowing I'd have another non-reef tank for him but I don't want him to catch a fish!
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Old 11-16-2003, 08:13 PM   #6
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It may be hard to find an exact match. The only thing you might be able to do, is determine which family it is in and decide from there what it's needs will be. It may of in the Pentaceraster sp. (although I didn't get a pic, I have one in a book)

Check the 6th pic down of >>This Site<<

Maybe of the Protoreaster sp. >>Look at this page<<--->>And Here<<

Or the Oreasteridae family >>Look at this page<< --- >>And Here<<

Hope these get you in the right direction!

[EDIT: Wow, looks like a lot of responses while I was gathering links!]
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Old 11-16-2003, 08:21 PM   #7
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WOW NaH20, those are some great links. I know I really need to research before I buy, but its just sooo hard to do when you see something you like so much, especially if you've never seen it before in countless trips to LFS's
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