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  1. pom

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    Hi there, I am quite new to the whole marine aquarium keeping and saw something interesting in regards to Aiptasia and controlling it. When I first saw it growing in my tank I thought "Cool" first little coral thing... to my surprise I found out this is Aiptasia and if not controlled it will spread quite rapidly so I did some reading on how to kill it and so on, but I thought I will let it be seeing I did not have much else in my tank except some fish and live rock.

    A while back I bought a starfish, I think it is a chocolate chip one or that is what I have seen when searching for an id...well within 5 days of adding him to the tank he had sorted out my problem :thumbup: , as far as I can see they also like to eat coral but currently he has not yet decided to munch on any of my other coral.

    Just thought I would share this seeing I couldn't really find anything on here speaking of starfish doing this.

    Cheers
     
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  3. NADEEM

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    wow interesting
     
  4. Lord_Blackadder

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    Likely just a matter of time before it moves onto your soft corals.
     
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    post a pic ofyour star fish bud
     
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    Yeah, if the starfish is anything like a crown-of-thorns, I foresee some depression in your future...
     
  7. pom

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    Ok so I have just lucky for now? Well I will then have to watch it closely to see if it starts to feed on my corals, well does it take a while for them to do it or do they start quite soon from when you add them?
    I added him almost 2 months ago now.

    I unfortunately only have him in the background on one photo and it is a bit blurry but I will get a clearer one tonight.


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    Yep, very much a coral muncher. As a rule of thumb, stay away from starfish with knob/spines.
     
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    Double Posting...
     
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    Yip belindamotion, that is what he looks like.

    I think it might have happened on the day I posted this message lol, I got home on Monday and the one head of my goniopora is a bit retracted and some of the polyps kinda looks damaged but I cant say for certain, will check tonight and if it is still retracted then I suppose I have my answer... hopefully it was just angry at my boxer shrimp seeing that he likes to climb over everything lol
     
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    hee hee I think he needs to come and live with me for a while so he can sort out my Aiptasia...and when he chowed them, you can have him back LOL...
     
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    ok lol, I will see tonight and if my coral still looks bad I will start packing his suitcase.....:whistling:
     
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    Send him around the country, plenty of members will desire such a creature
     
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    Just a quick update on my goniopora, they seem fine again, so looks like something just irritated them a bit, so it looks like the stars traveling plans are on hold for now....:p

    Now if he only starts liking green hair algae I would be very happy!! :thumbup:
     
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