starfish question

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  1. danimal

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    hey guys

    was at northlands yesterday and i saw a beautiful little orange starfish in their coral tank. (not sure of the proper name, sorry, the guy just said it was a "common" starfish...?) anyway the wife is quite keen on him as she has deemed the colour appropriate:lol:

    what im wanting to know is what exactly do these guys need to survive? from what im reading on the net, they like detritus and certain types of algae. my tank has been running about 3 months now and water params are all fine. have a cleaner shrimp, 2 perc clowns, watchman goby and a blenny. no corals as yet but getting some mushrooms and a leather next week :) have a fair amount of diatoms and some reddish algae growing on the back glass.

    is the starfish reef safe with this lot? will he eat that algae?

    cheers
     
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  3. Tony

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    It sounds like a Linkia sea star. As far as I know the blue ones have a better survival rate than the red so someone correct me if I'm wrong. The blue ones are good scavengers and detritivores
     
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    All Linkias don't do well in tanks.

    If they are small and your tank is sizable they have a chance of survival.

    Stay away from the hand size species, our tanks don't feed them enough and they slowly starve to death
     
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    thanks Warr, what are the best starfish for a reef tank?
     
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    Brittle stars and serpent stars are brilliant. They hide a lot but I have had one for years and they are good scavengers and detritivores. Just avoid the green brittle star
     
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    why's that tony?
     
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    They are predatory and can/will eat your fish and hunt them at night while they sleep
     
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