Urgent help needed Star fish for harlequin shrimp

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  1. Pieter kruger

    Pieter kruger

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    Hi, Hope you are well. I had a star infestation and got these 2 guys to clear it up, and I also have a small tank with Natal star fish in. My star stock is depleting very fast and I need urgent help on this matter. I don't want to get rid of them.

    Cutting a leg off a bigger star makes it weak and they tend to die. Will they eat frozen star fish pieces if I cut up live stars? Where is the best place to buy stars at a good cost. It is a male and a female.

    Thank you for your time
     
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    it's a tricky one, but read here. I in know way promote or support these practices, but it is left to your concious, and do not judge you in any way.


    This info was obtained from here:
    Harlequin Shrimp
    very good right up.
    Good luck
     
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    Hi Carlos

    Thank you for the information, I have that document you referred to. The question about the frozen stars, have you got any idea on this? Or will this be trial and error?
     
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    I haven't tried it, but do know that choc stars are highly predatory and they do grow very quickly.
     
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    Who will stock these star fish in Gauteng?
     
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    I have seen one or two around in the past, guys don't bring them in because of their predatory nature, so I am sure they come in as fillers or as mistaken identity.
     
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    @Pieter kruger, we feel your your pain, I've a friend @gambit that comes around to my personal tank with his microscope and torch in search of my Asterina stars, to us a pest but to someone with harlequins they are most welcomed.

    To Keep Harlequins a refuge is almost a must unless you have a constant supply, they do too a good job in removing what are pests to most of us.

    I'm sure someone could help you out.

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    Hi Andre, thank you. Do you know anybody breeding with sand sifting stars. If I can get like 20 the size of a 5 rand coin it will keep them going for about 7 and a half months. I gave them one of those big blue star fish with 5 legs, they took the one leg off in about 3 hours. I removed it to the smaller tank, but health wise it did not work out. I lost the star and the shrimp had a feast for a week. Do you need a permit to take stars out in Natal?

    To get to my issue again: I have a small 10 lt tank to keep the stars and the big ones doesn't live well in there. I am thinking to change it for a 3 foot with some lights.

    For now if anyone can help me with small stars, I have about 3 weeks supply left and need to sort this before I run out.

    Thank you once again for all the advice.
     
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    Sounds like you gave it a Blue Linkia star fish, they are slow growers and a tad difficult to keep as well.
     
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    I know Aqauria-sa have a few starfish.
     
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