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Old 12-15-2011, 05:59 AM   #1
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Hey Guys!
I am new to this, but I just bought a salt water tank and am letting it cycle before I put any fish in.
This new growth appeared on the overflow box in the past several days, and my girlfriend thought it was a baby starfish.
I was wondering if that is what it was, or if it was some other hazardous growth or a sort of barnacle.
Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Don't recall the type...it is a small starfish.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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Asterina star. Good for the tank from what I have been told. Here is a good link for HitchHikers in SW tanks.
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Thank you very much guys!
That was quite helpful!
Looks like my girlfriend was right, as usual.....
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They always are!!!
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:47 AM   #6
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A few in a tank is good but watch out they can quickly take over your tank, if that happens consider harlequin shrimp that's their natural food.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
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I hear they eat corals too. So I take them out whenever possible. That is if you're going reef
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I know there is one variety that does and they have green on them. At a demonstration at a coral farm they actually said most were ok in the tank and actually was wanting some if people had extra.
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