Urgent help needed Injured starfish

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  1. Keanan

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    Hi guys

    Please help, I checked on my tank this morning after feeding and noticed something flowing from my starfish. At first I thought it was flakes that was stuck to it, but when I had a closer look I saw it is a piece of flesh that is hanging on/out of the starfish.

    It is a deep sea star(Fromia sp.)

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    Could it be that one of the fish bit it? The fish i have, a cream angel, a scopas tang, a bicolor blenny and a clownfish as well as hermits and snails but I doubt it could of been the hermits or the snails, because it was on the glass when I saw it. And I have never seen any fish go near it. Or what could it be?

    Thanks
    Keanan
     
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  3. Keanan

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    Anyone? This is really urgent as I'm off to my dad in the next 30mins for the weekend.

    Anything I can do/use to treat it?
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    maybe try an Iodine dip?
     
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    Hi butcherman, can i use any iodine or is there maybe a specific one? And how would I do it.
     
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    As far as I know starfish are super resilient creatures and will probably be OK as long as whoever bit him doesn't do it again. But lets wait for the experts
     
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    Agreed i almost threw a bristle star away into a bin cos it was in zero O2 water and spent the night out in the Freezing cold in winter. still alive till today
     
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    Keanan Thread Starter 2time

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    Cool. Im getting cape coral care super iodine and going to give it a dip just in case.
     
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    If a starfish loses a leg it grows back. If that is not some kind of parasitic "thing" I would just leave it. It might fall off after the wound healed, like a protective crust of some sort :p
     
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    I Agree with Tobes, I would just leave it.
     
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    Keanan Thread Starter 2time

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    My mom already gave it a dip in Cape Coral Care super iodine for about 30s. I hope that wont hurt it anymore?
     
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    Update on star

    So after the iodine dip the piece of flesh fell off leaving a wound. So gave it another dip yesterday and I'm happy to say that he is recovering now, the wound is healing and its almost like it wasn't there.:thumbup:
     
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    Wow, glad to hear his sorted, nw every1 could learn a bit from this thread coz I did lol,
     
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    glad your star is happy again :D
     
  15. Keanan

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    lol. Glad that more can learn from this thread.
    Thanks again butcherman and everyone else for you input.:thumbup:
     
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