Starfish

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by Dean76, 6 Jan 2010.

  1. Dean76

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    I would like to find out if starfish are hard to keep? Was looking at a red starfish. Is there any important info that one should know that the LFS would not tell you?
     
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    Just check out what it eats. I'm not a starfish expert, but like most of the snails they are mostly specialist eaters, meaning they eat one thing and only that one thing. That makes keeping them so much more difficult.

    Maybe get a photo of it and post that for positive ID. Then you could find the dietery needs for the starfish.

    Bristtle Star Fish, for instance, some do eat fish and hunt them (like some green ones), but others not. All the local South African bristtle stars are luckily detritus or filter feeders.
     
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    Thanks for all the info and like to read up on.
     
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    my starfish

    does anyone know what this starfish is and what it is called. also is it difficult to keep[​IMG]
     
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    Hi Sacha - a very warm welcome to MASA. These starfish are predatory. They only eat mussels and periwinkcles. And no - they are not difficult to keep. BUT, they do dirty the water a HUGE amount (due to eating a lot, and crapping a lot).
    They also do not like water temps above 20 degrees celcius.

    So - ensure that you keep up your water changes (better yet - get a decent skimmer), and feed them enough, else they will die.

    Unfortunately I cannot remember their scientific name....
     
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    Thank you jacquesb, we have a jubo quadples spraying proten skimmer 182, is this good enough
     
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    i had one like that, absolute pigs ! ate every snail i put in the tank, ate my oysters barnacles everything .... went back to the sea :) the red ones are much nicer :D or get a very small one, my one was a monster
     
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