asterina stars eating cheato

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by RiaanP, 30 Jan 2014.

  1. RiaanP

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    I got loads of these little stars, all over. Never bothered me.

    But now, they discovered my cheato ball.
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    that ball was the full basket. Actually got 2 baskets next to each other. This is the bigger ball, or what is left of it.

    I got 2 beautiful Harlequin shrimps in my frag tank. I think I got more than enough food for them.
     
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  3. Ridwaan

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    Atleast you wont have to harvest the Chaeto anymore...Nutrient export sorted!
     
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    nope, the stars eat the cheato faster than its growing. :(

    Took the remaining cheato out and I manually harvested all the little asterina stars. Dump them into my frag tank as that is where the 2 harlequin shrimps are housed. Cheato ball is now "clean" might have missed one or 2, but will remove them as I see them.
     
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    I honestly believe the Asterinas have a bad rap. They are blamed for eating algae ( and they do, as seen from above). Again, opportunistic feeders come to mind, they will eat your algae that is easiest to find, that being your chaeto or even your symbiotic algae in your corals. @RiaanP, harelquins will love those.
     
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