Urgent help needed My sea star being eaten?

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  1. Henkart

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    Hi Guys

    I bought a sea star over the weekend, it was perfectly fine, now it seems like someting in my tank is biting it, like chunks out of it...

    I have

    2 small hermit crabs
    3 turbo snails
    1 fire shrimp
    2 cleaner shrimp
    1 clown
    1 blue regal


    please tell me what i should do...
     
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  3. Tony

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    None of your animals sound like they could be eating the sea star. Watch them and see if any of them goes for them. I have a funny feeling you will have to wait till lights out to see the real culprit. You may have a crab, mantis shrimp or some other hitchhiker that you dont know about which may be eating the sea star. If you have LED moonlights use this or a small torch. Wait about 30 minutes after lights out and make sure your room is dark then start your investigation.
     
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    Henkart

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    one night i did notice a worm figure in my tank, but it shyed away after putting the lights on it was about 6cm long... never seen it before and never saw it since...
     
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    Use a red light, eg red selofane over a flash light
     
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    If you cant get cellophane get a packet of quality street. That way you can put one of the coloured wrappers over your torch and snack at the same time:)
     
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    Henkart

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    does the sea star recover after something like that, i meen grow back its tenticles?
     
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    is the sea star still moving around and eating?
     
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    try post a pic .... i know stars do well, or they just die ... one or the other !
     
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    lol i like the way you think :thumbup:
     
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    if the star is dead, then bristle worms will eat it.

    So first ensure its still alive, then find the culprit.
     
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    Henkart. Tell us a bit about how you acclimatised the star as this should be done very slowly as they do not like sudden changes in water parameters and when one is putting it in the tank did you take it out of the water into the air and then in to the tank water. As one should try not to let them get air as this opens them up to bacterial inffections. Did abit of a read up over the week end on the red star fish.
     
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    Henkart

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    My starfish Is falling to pieces... Can I still save him... He is jus flaking away...
     
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    He's probably dead if it's falling apart. Remove the animal from the tank so he doesnt foul the water
     

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