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Old 01-05-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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I want a starfish

I have a 4ft long 50gal tank currently stocked with:
2 x ocellaris clownfish
1 x foxface Lo
1 x bicolour angelfish
4 x blue green chromis
2 x fire shrimp
1 x zebra hermit crab
3 x blue legged hermit crabs
2 x trochus snails
1 x tactus snail
1 x diamond goby

It's been up and running since the beginning of October and is FOWLR.

I want to get a starfish but have no experience with them. I think that I read somewhere that starfish will eat all your inverts, particularly shrimps but I when I google that I can't fin it anywhere. I'm going for either a red or blue one. I like the look of the blue better but live aquaria suggests that it's more difficult to take care of. I know it gets bigger but can anyone explain?
My lfs is useless so asking them is not an option. They told me not to bother even acclimating it. I know that's wrong. How long should I drip it for? And what should I look for when selecting a healthy specimen? What do they eat? Any info you could provide would be great. Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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I tried one a red one and it didn't make it longer then a week. Make sure to acclimate for like two hours with a really slow drip. I did acclimate mine but ultimately it still failed. the first signs of trouble are when the tips of the legs go white. Once this starts its over they literally disintegrate into nothing. I won't be trying one again don't want another failure. I hope someone with better luck then me chimes in with some good advice.
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Rule number one is that they can not be exposed to air. I have had several of the linknia stars and they will not get your inverts. They are a little difficult in that you can not expose to air and you must be dilligent in PWC`s. Here is a few pics of mine.









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Old 01-05-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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Ya I had read up on acclimating them before I got one. Dripped it right in the bag I then put the bag in the tank under the water and slowly nuged it out. Definatly a very sensitive creature. Are the sand sifting ones as sensitive? I know I read that the linkas can be a little harder to keep.
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Blue linkia is my first choice. What was your pwc schedule when you had it? Tbh I've been pretty lazy with maintenance since my tanks had been running. And I've had crazy good luck so far. I only do a 10-20% pwc every 3 weeks or so and top up fresh water maybe once a week. And I'm using all tap water. Everyone is thriving and growing and eating like pigs. The only losses I've had to date were 1 snail that fell and couldn't right himself and 2 chromis that shocked. One died with 10 minutes and one within less than 24hr.
More info on the linkia please.
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I honestly don't have more info. I know that they are a beautiful starfish but as fAr as my experience not so good. If you do decide to get one best of luck.
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Oh and I do 3- gallons every week.
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Oh and I do 3- gallons every week.
Well I'm my experience with chocolate chip stars and general stars that I have had didn't require a acclimation and they were just dropped right in. That how we did ur at the wholesaler I worked for too. I haven't had any problems with it. I have even seen ones chilling at the too outta the water in my buddy's tank too. So it's kinda depends on the species and whether or not the species is fragile.
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First never by a fish online, or a star fish, if its your first star fish I would advise you to get a beginner one. Be sure you calcium levels are perfect also if you have a reef tank make sure that the levels are good, then yes you will be ok, I think,...........
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I wouldn't buy it online. But since my tank is FOWLR I don't check calcium and such. Don't know anything about it tbh.
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