Originally Posted by Masterplan75
i have heard that they are almost impossible to keep alive longer than 7 months.. my friends has been alive 3 months now and the guy i visited at the store was actually in a magazine for having the longest living one which i think was about 8 months. but nobody seems to know how to feed it or what it eats...
I'm going to get on my soapbox for a just a minute.
Collecting of this starfish should stop. Why? Because for the one that is surviving (for now) at your fish store, I'm guessing around 200 or 300 died. They are being mass collected by people and only a very few make it to captivity, and even then, they only live for a few days, weeks, or months. This fact alone, in my opinion, is enough to not have one in my tank. In the wild, they live for years and years.
They are also a very deep water species, they simply aren't adapt to living at the light levels, pressures, and low food environments that people put them in.
I would not encourage more collection of these beautiful creatures by buying one, but that is just my opinion.
Ok, stepping off the soapbox.
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