Blue starfish

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  1. Omnitank

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    Hi guys
    Can someone tell me what it can be that did this to my blue starfish? I suspect it could be one of my two hermits (they are rather big).

    I have nothing else that can be dangerous, few cleaner shrimps, coral banded shrimp, the most aggressive fish is a rather big blue chromis.

    :(

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  3. scubaninja

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    Because of the placement of the issue I doubt it was a pump that caused it though. It may have been the shrimp or a hermit but it looks like the tissue could be receding. I'd watch it to see if it gets worse but starfish can come back from serious wounds if they are healthy enough. I don't know which treatments are safe for a starfish so I'd say just keep the tank stable and see if it continues to eat well

    That's a lovely Linkia starfish by the way
     
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    as mentioned above, keep the water params spot on, starfish dont like sudden changes in PH, O2 and salinity, but that looks like either your hermits or a cut with an infection, i think herbtana and artemiss can be safely used with them.
    but i also wouldnt rule out the coral banded, they can be aggressive and could have damaged it
     
  5. NitroNarcer

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    I have attempted to keep a few blue starfish in my time and from experience once they have tissue showing it is too late. It could be one of the tank mates but it could also be the PH, O2 and salinity as dallasg said. If they are exposed to air as well can cause a bit of a problem. Hopefully things go well for you, everytime 1 of mines tissue was exposed it would sort of dissolve. Watch it for the next few days and see how things go.
     
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    The starfish won't recover, once they look like that there is no return. It won't be the crabs or shrimp it the water parameters that aren't correct or starfish was exposed to air. Linkia starfish are very difficult to care for and only advanced aquarists should house them.
     
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    I had the same problem but it was with a serpent star because my water parameters were out but he recovered, but if your water is all good must be due to being exposed to air
     
  8. Omnitank

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    I don't think it is the water parameters, as these pics were taken about 3 weeks back and the starfish was healed in the meantime (see pics taken this morning). You can clearly see the wound has healed almost perfect.

    That's the reason I suspect an inhabitant.

    Anyone want two hermits???
    ;)

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  9. Express Reef

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    @Omnitank, cool so glad the star is healed. I`m very tempted to get one too. How long do you have yours?
     
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    post a pic of the hermits rather.
     
  11. scubaninja

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    See I told you it would come right :p Maybe you mention that you are only checking to see what may be the cause and not let us assume that it JUST happened ;) In the original post that is ;)
     
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    Wow he healed up nicely
     
  13. Easy Tiger

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    I've been tempted to get one cause they look so cool and they seem very available at many LFS. How long have you had him for ?
     
  14. Omnitank

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    Only about four months - it is quite a thrill to see it moving around in the tank.
    :)
     
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