Something weird need answers

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by mike Bushie, 16 Oct 2008.

  1. mike Bushie

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    hey guys i got something at the LFS.
    A feather starfish
    I got it as it is so beautiful and weird.

    Now maybe i shouldn't have. but like alot of you guys i am looking for strange things to stick in my tank now. But did some research to find out they are very very hard to keep. now i am fine with keeping hard things such as sun corals and stuff.
    I would like your opinion on this subject.esp wee-man midasblenny should i
    1) keep it
    2) give it back
    3) does anyone want to buy it.
     
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  3. gaz19

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    give it back, wont live long. dont you have a nano?
     
  4. mike Bushie

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  5. gaz19

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    still dont think it would live, jmho
     
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    Mike, I think donovan is a reasonable guy. I'd phone him and ask if you can return it
     
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    will phone tomorrow. don't have his number.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Starfish in general are hard to keep long term, the feather star, is that a crinoid startfish? if so take it back as soon as you can, very difficult to keep.

    Good luck.
     
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    where did u buy it from??
     
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    VIP, had about 4 or 5. They are extremely beautiful, but not easy to look after, unless you have live plankton cultures
     
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    Ditto to what everyone said. Nearly a certainty that it would/might die.
     
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    took it back. Its a shame so beautiful.But it should be better off leaving it in the ocean. shot chaps
     
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    Good move taking it back, I tried twice with them, really beautiful creatures but at that stage I just didn't know enough to keep them alive and they both died.

    Here is a pic of the first one I had about 3 years ago.

    [​IMG]
     
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    You know that if one of it's tentacles are cut off, it can create another creature from the cut-off tentacle.

    The tentacle carries on moving and this happens for days and weeks after the cut as the new creature's structure is being grown.
     
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    Hey Jaquesb.I see Santamonica mentioned that he was able to keep the feather quite successfully as a result of the algae scrubber not removing the biological stuff in the water. I read that the stars really need alot of continuous food in the water wich a skimmer tends to prevent,...not that I know much,but im interested to know if it would be possible to keep one happy as a result of different filtration methods.What do you think [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    They need loads of plankton, which the sea does well, but hard to replicate in closed systems
     
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    hmmmmm...pity [​IMG]
     
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    Awesome creature but I don't know of anyone that has managed to keep it alive either. It's a pity though cause it's one of the most beautifull creatures in our oceans...
     
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    yep i also had one which i caught myself in durban but unfortunately i could not keep it alive even though i tried feeding it coral liquid.....this is simply not meant to be kept in our tanks,what a pity though as they do look stunning.
     
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