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Old 10-15-2003, 06:17 AM   #1
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LFS says it's a red sea star.???

I'm looking at stars to purchase in the future . The LFS had some stars that had 6 legs, and were orange/reddish, w/ black spots, and about 2 inches across. The "guy" at the LFS said they were red sea stars. All the pics I've seen show the red sea star w/ 5 legs, not 6, although otherwise similar. Any ideas? I really would like to get one of these stars in the future from the LFS(they have very good prices, AND no shipping charges)
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:14 AM   #2
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What type of tank do you have - reef? Can you describe the "texture" of the stars? In general, stars that have a rough/bumpy appearance are predatory, and not reef-safe. Smooth-skinned stars (Linckia sp., Serpent, etc.), are normally more reef-safe.

I'll try to see if I can find something that matches your description in one of my books later on today.
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Do you have a reef tank? Would need to see a pic to ID it properly, there are many seastars that are red in color and would therefore qualify for a common name of red sea star. Without knowing the exact species I would not put it in a reef tank. If it is a FO or FOWLR, you should be OK.
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:54 AM   #4
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I am in the progress of building a reef tank (my first SW experience). I'll do my best to post a pic. I don't have a scanner, but friends do. I was HOPING some alumni would respond...no offense to other members. Thanks reeflady, reefrunner69. In my opinion it's smooth in texture. I'll get a pic soon. Please follow this post! Can either/both of you respond to my copepod question? I would really appreciate it!! I need all the info from people with experience I can get. I read as much as I have time to. THIS HOBBY HAS BECOME AN OBSESSION
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Old 10-15-2003, 09:02 AM   #5
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PS. serpent stars that are available at the LFS are just to big, in my eyes, for my 29 gallon tank. They are approx. 5 inches leg to leg, and thats one of the smaller ones they stock. Thanks aqain.
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I agree, many people have much to offer! Do I have egg on my face? More exactly, I meant you "guys" are the quickest to answer w/ only the facts, not opinions. EVERYONE on this site is helpful, and full of good intentions.
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looking in the liveaquaria.com catalog i have at home, it says the orange sea star, also comes in red varieties and while it normally has 5 legs, it could have 6 as well.
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Most likely it is a species of Linkia sp (Echinaster luzonicus). Have a look >>here<< and see what comes up. As far as I know there are species of Linkia that will have 6 legs.

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