ID starfish and is it safe for reef tank

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  1. warrmich

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    hey guys....just need to ID this guy before I take it home....or let it go. Is it safe for tank or sump?

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    Let it go, won't survive in your tank
     
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    ok shot....what is it @459b it would be really nice to know what it is...."let it go, it wont survive in your tank" <---does that mean my tank isn't big enough or not old enough or even not as good as yours.....?
     
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    Hmmm... a starfish normally has 5 legs.

    My guess... Luidia maculata
     
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    What is the size of that star?
     
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    it was about 15cm in diameter....and there were hundreds of them in one spot on vetches today
     
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    maybe another picture with something like a coke tin or beer or R5 coin for scale.
     
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    You say there were lots of them together. On what were they? Just on the rocks? or within some corals? Might help to work out what they were eating to work out if they can stay in our tanks.

    But at the size mentioned, 15cm. That is big. Even if they are algae grazers, you need a dirty BIG tank.
     
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    just on the rocks...it had seemed that someone had turned a lot of the rocks over and some of them were trying to get back under and most were just moving off to deeper water...wish I had a camera and could've taken a pic
     
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    is this a better pic?
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    if its Luidia maculata it will eat other echinoderms and molluscs
     
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    not entirely reef safe :)
     
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    its fish friendly
     
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    thanks a million
     
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    Yep, definitely a predatory species. Most have 5 arms. I believe it's also a cooler water species at the northern end of the range, because they're very common in EC and less so in KZN. Probably not ideal to keep at full tropical temperatures.
     
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