Star Dollars

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  1. Allen

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    Can anyone tell me a little about star dollars?

    It was recommended to me as a good sand sifter , but can't find any info about this critter!
     
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    Here's one, sorry best kiki have of him:whistling:


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    They are apparently awesome sand sifters for our tanks, but I'm sure I recall reading somewhere that it is illegal to have them, or illegal to collect them, something to that effect.
     
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    :oops: Oh no!! I hope not!! I bought it from a legitimate LFS so I would reckon that they would at least worn you about such a fact?
     
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    Ok, I've just checked and it seems that it is only illegal to collect them from our shores, so you're ok :)

    If you want to do a bit of research on them then you could try do a bit of googling for Echinodiscus star dollars or sand dollars as they are otherwise known as.
     
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    :sweatdrop: shoo! But still, Don't support any thing that can harm some marine critter even more!!

    Thanx a lot for the sci name, really bin trying to get any clues!!
     
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    Cool, I edited my post, they are more commonly known as sand dollars.
     
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    They do definitely look to be endangered! Not good... not good at all!
     
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    Yeah, sadly they seem to be very popular as ornaments. Plenty of info out there on how to make ornaments of them, just like they make ornaments and necklaces out of seahorses. :(
     
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    Yup, thats basically all you find about them, how they look around peoples necks "DAMN :asshole: 's"!
     
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    So tru I totaly agree Allen
     
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    Hectic. Keep us posted about it and if it has survived your tank, etc
     
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    Must say its quite cool to see this hump of substrate moving all around in the tank:)
     
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    WILL DO!:thumbup:
     
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    I just noticed in your pic posted, is that an elephant ear sponge to the right of your sand dollar? If so, I would get rid of it ASAP. Those things take over your tank eventually and smother everything.
     
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    I know it by the name encrusting blue sponge, don't know if its the same, but think so?
    I'm definitely planning to get it out just don't know yet if I'm gona put it in the sump or get rid of it totally? Its very beautiful so it will be sad to let it go, but rather "bang jan as dooie jan". Any ideas what to do with it?
     
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    They are harmless additions to the tank and feed on diatoms, microalgae and bacteria. They do need a large sand substrate of about 1 m2 and 10 cm deepto survive. They may suffocate in super fine aragonite substrate
     
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    I did research Sand Dollars a while back, and as I recall any tank smaller that 500L will be too small. Pity. They need a lot of sand to sift. Do not have that link anymore, but please google it some more.
    And correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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