Blocked Starfish

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  1. jrwdive

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    I collected a Blocked Starfish up at Mission Rocks on Sunday. Has anyone ever kept one or have any info on what its diet is?
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Never heard of a Blocked starfish, can you post a pic of it?
     
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    Yeah. Mission Rocks full of brittle starfish, but never heard of block starfish
     
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    There is lots of nice goodies on Mission rocks if you go up north you will find lots of small starfish and blennies.
     
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    I tried once right when i started with marines...didnt survive unfortunately. I cant say why but probably from improper husbandry practices on my side
     
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    Where about is mission rocks?
     
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    30KM south of cape vidal on the north coast (st lucia)
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    Thanks Ben,
    I was hoping it was closer.
     
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    Even better place is 03 Bays, south of Mission Rocks- about 4.5km walk:

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    And then, like Ben said- Mission Rocks, a very nice place for critters and zoas, and water of course....LoL:

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    And nice Fish and critters:

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    How do you get there can you drive ? i never seen this spot look good for fishing
     
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    :lol::lol::whistling::razz:
     
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    Are you not talking about cushion stars? Hardy, helpful grazers if so.
     
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    I should have googled the Latin name - Fromia Elegans according to the Two Oceans book, but it does not look like some of the pics on the web (Red Starfish). Maybe because it is only about 60mm across.

    Seems like it might not be a good idea for a new tank from what I am reading.
     
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    Agreed ...I also use "the Book" and the pics dont really correspond. What I know from my experience with Tarantula keeping is what we call one thing is called something else on the other side of the world.

    Probably the same in this case
     
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    JWRDive - those starfish requires a LOT of detritus to survive. What size is your tank, and how old is your tank already?
    You could perhaps try and target feed the starfish - use tiny pieces of meaty foods......
     
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    My tank is 1.1 x 0.6 x 0.55 I'm running a pretty standard setup with a sump, skimmer and DSB. I've also set up an algal scrubber in the trickle chamber with the lights outside. That has only been going a week, but it seems like it will take off.

    The tanks is only 6 weeks old, but the Nitrite levels are fine and dropping. The cray legs I put in to rot seem to have worked through the system.

    I might give the star a holiday in a friend's tank for a few months. His has been going for years. The sites I've read say that a new tank does not have the right algae for this type of starfish.
     
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    HI,
    Do any of the sponsors sell these type of star fish or brittle stars or is it best to try capture them ourselves?
    I am looking for something like this, do they graze on hair algae as well?
    Cheers
     
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    If they graze on Hair algea I need twenty :lol::lol::lol:

    Also would like to know.
     
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    Hi Shane - no - they don't graze on hair algae. They would most likely graze of micro algae (the brown/green algae that you see on your tank's glass from time to time).

    And yes, the Elegans Formosa starfish is indeed available to purchase at LFS's - from time-to-time. As are brittlestars....
     

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