Looking for seastars

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by FDB, 23 Nov 2009.

  1. FDB

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    Hi all.
    If any of you have a mating seastar pair that want to sell it, or have too many baby seastars, please let me know.

    Cheerz
    Me.
     
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  3. Sentari

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    Baby sea stars?

    I have 100's of micro brittle stars... Which type. Sorry my knowledge with stars is minimal.
     
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    He he he.
    Yes those would do.
    I'm assuming they are Asterina stars (Tiny white stars).
    Those multiply like weeds in a nutrient rich tank.
    Quite handy little buggers untill they get out of hand (IF they get out of hand).

    Do you want to get rid of some of them?
     
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    Hi FDB - there's 2 "types of the most common" starfish that appears in a maturing tank - ie:
    1) asterina (hitch-hiker on life rock)
    2) micro brittle-stars (also hitch-hikes on live-rock, and sometimes chaetomorpha, live sand, etc)...

    The 2nd one is the more favoured micro stars.... the asterina sometimes sits on top of corals - causing possible demose of the corals....
     
  6. FDB

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    Hmm.
    Yea i assumed...
    :)
    Sentari, do they look like this:
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    or like this:
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    Funny enough i have both... I spotted my first Asterina Starfish last night. Was about to catch it then it dissapeared... Oh well its not eating my corals so we'll see.

    What do you want them for? I'm guessing you have a harlequin shrimp?

    Mine look like this.

    [​IMG]
     
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    he he he.
    Yea i have a pair of Harlequins. They don't leave each other's side at all.
    They are in thier own dedicated tank, so i want to start playing around with different food options for them and see if i can get them to spawn and raise the young to settlement stage.
     
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    that sounds awsome, i'll buy some from you for sure. Harequins that is, i have loads of star fish. do they only eat starfish? or is that just what they prefer?

    i just like how they look
     
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    Most Harlequins only eat starfish but sometimes they do eat normal food. Those starfish you guys get by the ocean are great meals and they an easy source for them.

    FDB these things are small. from the photo you can see. This is one of the bigger micro brittle stars i have and they seem to be breading nicely. If i start spotting a few astrina stars i'll let you know. Are you harlequins eating normal food?
     
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    tooo easy for us to feed these guys. every 2nd rock pool has enough food for a harliquin for like a year:)
     
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    Ya ya stop rubbing it in :p I will have my harlequins one day! :D
     
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    It depends.
    I have seen them eat a dead fish once, but only once.
    I feed mine starfish, and since they had a taste of that again, they ignore anything i throw at them.
    I can see they are getting hungry now (2 weeks has past since thier last feed) and they can smell the last starfish i have in the tank next to them.
    I want to "starve" them out for another week to see if they will take some hake (I feed that to my anemone). If not, i'll give them the other starfish.

    My female moulted, so she should be doing the eggs thing now soon.

    I don't know of anyone who successfully got the baby Harlequin shrimp to settle, but hey. That is why i have them. I'll see if i can get them to do that and raise them.

    But yes.
    You need starfish to feed them, but i'm quite sure i can wheen them off Starfish and onto hake. But i'm afraid that as long as they can smell the last starfish in the tank next to them, they will refuse anything else. I'll move teh starfish to the refrigium tonight and see if that makes a difference.

    Point is, they prefer starfish, but i have seen them eat a dead tankmate myself so it must be possible to feed them alternatives (my other goal with them)
     
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