Small Starfish

Discussion in 'Other Livestock' started by Ridwaan, 26 Jan 2010.

  1. Ridwaan

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    Howzit Guys...

    I have noticed that once the tank lights goes off, lots of little starfish start to go onto the glass...I have looked closely and found alot of them on the rocks aswell..

    Are they a nuisance or should I let them be..They like 5mm to 10mm in size and alll over the tank..they are like brown to gray in colour...

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  3. Sentari

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    Do they look like this?

    If so they Asterina Starfish

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  4. Sentari

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    That's just great I have a few in my tank!!!!! Hell now to find the little B.......
     
  6. Sentari

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    I had 1 or 2 in my tank. Theyve left my corals alone. I havent seen them since.

    They very interesting starfish. They basically propagate themselves by splitting. Hence thier wierd shape.
     
  7. poiromaniax

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    I have a few as well,

    Havent seen any negative effects from them.....
     
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    I have a few as well,

    Havent seen any negative effects from them.....
     
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    If Asterina...as per Sentari's post, majority of articles I have read tends to show they are quite harmless unless in large numbers.
     
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    Hi Ridwaan - is this micro brittle stars? Or asterina stars? Please confirm?
     
  11. Sentari

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    Micro brittle stars wont climb on the glass thou. They enjoy being in cheato and places like that.
     
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    Nope, I had them on my glass
     
  13. Johan van Aardt

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    Ive got at the moment one asterina starfish, mine has a blueish tint too it, the person who i got it from has hundreds and they havnt touched his corals in more than a year
     
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    Wow Sean thats pretty cool! :)

    Seems like it was the Asterina Starfish that Ridwaan had.
     
  15. nadia

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    Asterina starfish

    Hi, i have quite a few of them in my tank and have never had any probs w them.

    Regarding the later answer and question someone else asked re brittle stars. I rescued two large-ish brittlestars from the mouth of a washed out jellyfish (not joking !!). Saved them and have them in my tank now. Do you guys think its ok? As far as ive seen they wallow around just covered w sand and wave their arms round, and read that they feed on suspended detritus in water and sand.

    Ive got a new tank now. Bigger. Nicer. And running well. Will post pics later.

    Glad 2 b back. Nadia
     
  16. Ridwaan

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    Its the asterina stars that I have....
     
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    OK - cool Ridwaan.

    Great that you're back Nadia. Yes please - post them pics! ;)
     
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