Serpent Starfish in a new tank - does he need feeding?

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  1. Matt

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    I have a serpent starfish in my tank. The tank is quite new (3 weeks) - Have 12kg well cured LR so cycle was small.

    I'm wondering, is there enough food in there for the serpent star? Should I be feeding him?
     
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    Is it the mini serpent star ?
     
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    They are scavengers and will feed on the waste, what else have you got in your tank and what are you feeding them?
     
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    Nothing else in the tank yet, so wasn't feeding... This is the 3rd day I had him so I put in a piece of white fish and he ate it immediately.

    How often should I do this until I stock the tank with fish (and he'll then eat their left overs I presume) ?
     
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    Sea stars have huge appetites, you are going to need to work out how much your species require. My star will eat a piece of meat once every few days, then I don't see him, disappears into the reef.

    You will need to target feed, as your tank won't have enough food normally.
     
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    Even with other fish in the tank I would get into a habit of target feeding the starfish at least once a week.
     
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    Ok cool, well I put a piece of hake for him last night and he gobbled it right up, so I think i'll just do that every so often :thumbup:
     
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    Just remember Matt, tour rank isn't that big so leaving rotting fish in the bottom will mean you must do your water changes regularly - 10% every week to keep your water in good condition.
     
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    Will do! :thumbup:
     
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