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Old 05-29-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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w00t - a critter!

So I set up my 20g a couple months ago and about a week ago I had this abundance of diatoms. Well, just like you guys said they took care of themselves and have since disapeared mostly. I went away on a trip this weekend and when I got home last night OMG the tank has changed.. The colours of the rocks have all intensified. (The reds and purples mostly). Everything looks SOOO much more vibrant.

About 2 months ago when I started this tank I got live rock from the Dr's site and cycled my tank with it. I had a really hefty amonia spike of like 8ppm and so I had to do a couple water changes during the cycle to get them down in fear of killing everything on the LR. After the cycle was finished I added a few fish and some snails and a couple hermit crabs and an emerald crab.

Well, 2 of the 3 fish mysteriously turned up dead and I never did find out why. Someone mentioned I might have a preditor in the tank. I didnt see how I would considering i had that huge amonia spike. SO i just decided not to add anything new to the tank for a while..

Last night when I got home I walked in the door and instantly went to check on my fish! After looking over all the new colors in the tank I noticed a small little tiny star fish. It was climbing up the power cord on my PH. He wasnt moving at all but when I checked on the tank this morning he had moved down the cord about 5 inches. I noticed he is missing one of his "legs". He has 4 legs and 2 stubby's that look like there used to be a leg there maybe...

Soooo... I guess something DID survive the amonia spike. I wonder what else is in my tank that I dodnt know about.. I mean a friggn star fish??? whooaaa!!!!
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You will be surprised what can live through a cycle. Congrats!
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Old 05-29-2007, 02:32 PM   #3
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Its one of these. They reproduce by losing a leg or two and new stars will come from them. I have many as you can see. I`ve never had a problem the 7 yrs I`ve had them.
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Yep - thats exactly what it looks like! Amazing. I am sooo excited. (Not sure why its so exciting but it is!) haha
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Yea asterina stars are awesome.
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Sweeet lorrrrd-they are ADORABLE. 8O

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nice!!!!! can't wait to get mine started
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