My Marbled Fromia Star is losing a leg in the typical disintegrating fashion. I am fairly sure I know the cause. Lacking a brain, he went foraging for food under a bubble coral and one leg in particular got right up in there with the tentacles.
He's been in the tank (55gal) for almost 2 months and always done very well.
While of course I can't verify that he's been eating (my eyes just aren't that good, what with his diet being microscopic and all), he's grown and always looked healthy until now, so I think it's safe to assume he's been eating well.
Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 3, Phosphates almost undetectable (less than 0.25), Calcium 440, temp 80. Only thing I dose is Calcium and Essential Elements once a week, but very conservatively.
First three responders: Let me save you some time. He was acclimated slowly, over several hours and transferred without contact to air. It's been months. I'm fairly sure this is related to the coral stinging him.
Basically... has ANYONE had a non-brittle star ever recover from a leg disintegrating? If so, was anything special done? He's managed to crawl a good 8 inches away from the coral across the LR
, so I know he can still move. But the pic shows decently just how badly he's hurt.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.