My shrimps are eating my star

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  1. brentnorm

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    Why would my shrimps start eating my star. He usually hides under a rock but just found him in the front of the tank with a shrimp feasting on his head. He is still moving around but would there be a specific reason why this would happen ?
     
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    What kind of shrimp is it ?
     
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    Its just a cleaner shrimp. I have 3 of them.
     
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    Brent there maybe something wrong with your star. Cleaners will only start eating other creatures when they close to death or very ill.

    if it was a harlequin shrimp, then it's another story
     
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    Thats what I thought. How do I find out whats wrong with him and is there any way of saving him ? I have removed him from the tank and put him in my isolation tank.
     
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    Firstly, what seastar is it ?

    Do you target feed him ?

    What size is he ?
     
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    I am not sure exactly. I got him from Liaquat about 8 weeks ago. I have never target fed him as Liaquat said he will find himself food. I will try post a picture.
     
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    Posting a pic will be great. Check out this Masapedia page and see if any of these look like him.

    Seastars - Marine Aquariums of South Africa - wiki
     
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    eish that boy is greatly hirt
     
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    you need to feed him until he recovers, put him in your sump
     
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    I know but what do I do ?
     
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    that star mainly eats detritus
    how old is your tank?
    feed him shrimp( he will hopefully take it and eat it )
     
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    OK, it is a brittle star, it is true you don't have to target feed them, they basically live under the reef, off detritus.

    He has either just got sick and has time has come, or he is starving because he can't find enough food.

    You can try target feed. Get a piece of whitefish or frozen food and place it next to him, don't touch him, or he won't eat. If he responses to the food then this is a good sign.

    Good luck
     
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    Thanks a lot for your help. I will try this and hope for the best.
     
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    remember stars have great recovery attributes, they can grow entire legs back, but this is if they healthy and feeding.
     
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    ditto what warr said

    i read that bristle stars can recover totally if the loose 3/4 of their body
     
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    I will keep him in my small tank and target feed and see if he will eat.
     
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    Mine was missing 2 legs when I got him from the LFS, now he's fightin' fit. Just looks after himself - I never target feed mine.
     
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    Sorry to hijack the Thread. I was always under the impression these types of starfish where carnivorous, eating fish when they sleep. or Am I wrong?
     
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