Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 07-25-2008, 01:48 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1
Starfish hanging out at surface?

Hello -- I have a 20 gallon long aquarium with approximately 20 lb live rock and 1 1/2 inches live sand. I have one small percula clownfish, a coral banded shrimp, and a chocolate chip star (newest addition). The tank has been set up for about 10 weeks and is filtered with an Emperor 280 HOB filter. Current water parameters are: ammonia - 0, nitrite - 0, nitrate - 10, pH - 8.2, temp 78.

I got the star fish about five days ago from Petco. It was drip acclimated to my water over the course of about 3 hours. Over the past few days the starfish has been active most of the time, cruising around the bottom of the tank, the rock, and tank walls, but it seems to return again and again to the surface where it flips one or two legs back along the surface of the water. Is this behavior normal, or is it an indication of a problem with my tank conditions?

Also, can anyone give me advice about the most appropriate diet for a starfish? The clown and the shrimp are currently eating New Life Spectrum Marine pellets.


Acupunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 02:22 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
They sometimes do that, nothing to worry about there. I would feed chopped meaty foods about once a week.

Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 03:05 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
new2betas's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,140
yeah...that is something I remember mine doing as a teenager at the beach. They would come up to the top, fan out their arms and grasp anything that was on the water surface for food and it would eventually make it to their mouths..it was fun to watch!
Dottie - I'm Pisces - that explains EVERYTHING! :p
new2betas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 03:39 PM   #4
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,888
Mine does that too. Nothing unusual. He`s just looking for microbes at the top.
melosu58 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 07:48 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
catmel's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Findlay, Ohio
Posts: 660
Send a message via AIM to catmel
Let me know how he does with your shrimp. Ive seen pictures here of one eating a pepperment shrimp! My boyfriend really wants a choc chip starfish, but not if it'll eat the shrimp
75 Gallon Saltwater Reef

Just your average LVT (licenced vet tech) trying to help the world's animals!!
- Melinda
catmel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2008, 11:29 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
fijiwigi's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Eastern Washington
Posts: 1,726
My starfish is at the top more than it is at the bottom I think they like the flow.

120G Oscar tank in progress
fijiwigi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2008, 09:28 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
land locked's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 203
My star fish love Sinking Carnivore Pellets. They come crawling out of everywhere to get them. My crabs fight for them. I got them through foster and smith. I think they are Hakari but don't quote me on that. They are a pretty large pellet though, so if your guy is real small he may be sucking on it a while. My large red serpent star sucks it down whole in seconds.

72 gallon bow front, koralia 1 powerhead, approx 30 gallon sump and separate 20 gallon display refugium, Aqua C protein skimmer, Live rubble filteration, 80 # of LR, and a 4 inch sand bed.
land locked is offline   Reply With Quote

starfish, surface

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Well.. hanging around here asudavew Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 3 05-05-2009 09:32 AM
MH and Hanging Canopy ReefSoldier General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 03-22-2009 01:00 PM
hanging halides chris stevens General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 2 01-23-2006 04:57 PM
Hanging on feces Raker333 Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 6 01-19-2006 07:37 PM
New aquire...just hanging out. reefbound Show Off/Photography 3 10-22-2005 05:47 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.