starfish requirements

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  1. mupwi

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    I am thinking about ading a starfish to my new tank what are there requierments re feeding aere they ok for new tanks or only for long established tanks like nenies?
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    they wont do to well in new tanks as the live of the detritus etc. and without supplimental feeding they will waste away. and since most are nocturnal feeding can be an issue as food left out for them will be eaten by fish or shrimps
     
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    I dont have any fish in the tank at the moment what would you use as a supliment to feed them?
     
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    i would introduce a serpent brittlestar first as my choice,
    for food u can use a mixture of fozen fish and nori
     
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    Serpents are good. I've had one for a few years now
     
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    what starfish are you looking at, my blunt spined brittlestar eats anything i put in the tank, even the plankton tablets, they are quite hardy and do a great job of clearing uneaten food plus theyre cool to watch, my friends all thought it was an octopus at first
     
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    dont know whatever I find in the rockpools I will see what I can find on the weekend and post pics for identification ill also keep them quarinteened till im sure they are safe or to be returned to there place of capture
     
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    remember the easiest to remember if a starfish is reef safe is too look at the topside, most predatory starfish have knobs and/bumps on the top, eg choc chip starfish and red knob stars
     
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    Starfish aren't nocturnal, only brittlestars and urchins!!!:whistling:
    Also new tanks do get a bit of algea growth and that generally makes most starfish happy especially the hardy local ones;)
     
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    I'm sure there are a lot that are but I've found that generally the local ones (which I think he is in search for) will be cruising around when the lights are on:thumbup:
    As a matter of interest I found a few months ago an amazing blue 4 armed guy about the size of my hand, in a rock pond!!.. I will try take some pics of him!!!
     
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    Send him my way, I need him as a companion for my Harlequin Shrimp.
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    thanks guys I will see what I can find on the weekend seing as I cant dive for 2 weeks (burst eardrum ) seems like a perfect opertunity to hit the rockpools
     
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    iv got the local orange ones that you get, seems to be doing very well, got it for 6 months so far
     
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    Cushion stars are awesome! love my 3 i have! And they grow BIG!!!
     
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    Sorry guys ... Am I missing something .... This is a new tank that has not cycled and there are suggestions of what species of starfish goes in here?
     
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    sorry chikaboo Im not planing on puting them in quite yet just trying to get an idea of what they require and at which stage of tank maturity I could concider introducing them yes Im going to look for them on the weekend but ill put them in my mates established tank for now while I make sure mine has cycled properly.
     
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    cool bud - just had to make sure ;-) - also I hope your mate is not like some of my "mates" - when I housed livestock in their tanks for temporary homes .... It became permanent
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    no worries I have some of his pumps "temporarely" in my tank at the moment aswell
     
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